Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement

Many people suffering with arthritis, hip pain, and stiffness can now choose a less invasive procedure when considering hip replacement surgery. Schneck is proud to be the only hospital in our region to offer the Anterior Approach Hip Replacement surgery.  


The Anterior surgical procedure is a technique that minimizes the pain and time from surgery to recovery. The Anterior Approach allows the surgeon to reach the hip joint from the front of the hip as opposed to the lateral (side), or the posterior (back) approach. Conventional lateral or posterior surgery typically requires strict precautions for the patient.


Merits of this procedure:

  • Less muscle trauma for the patient
  • Reduced hospital stay
  • Smaller incision - 4 to 5 inches as opposed to 10 to 12 inches
  • Faster recovery - 2 to 8 weeks as opposed to 2 to 4 months
  • Additional benefits include reduced pain, reduced blood loss, reduced tissue healing required, reduced risk of dislocation, and more rapid return to normal activities.

 With its unique capability to position the leg, the Mizuho OSI HANA™ Surgical Table enables the surgeon to replace the hip through a single incision, without detachment of muscle from the pelvis or femur. The surgeon can simply work through the natural interval between the muscles. The most important muscles for hip function are the gluteal muscles that attach to the pelvis and femur. These muscles are left undisturbed and therefore do not require a healing process.  The lack of disturbance to the lateral and posterior soft tissues provides immediate stability of the hip after surgery.


Ask us about Anterior Hip Replacement at Schneck Medical Center. For more information, call (812) 524-3311. Or ask your healthcare provider about Anterior Approach at Schneck.