Anterior Approach Speeds Recovery In Total Hip Replacement

Hip Replacement
Stephen J. Zabinski, M.D.

Nine years ago Larry underwent a hip replacement through a traditional surgical approach.  Several years later, he underwent hip replacement through the tissue sparing, direct anterior, surgical approach.

“I went home the next day with no restrictions and returned to all activities, even a full 18-holes of golf 8-weeks after surgery” he said.  “I was amazed at the fast recovery compared to my traditional hip replacement”.

Additionally Gregory of Gregory’s Tavern in Somers Point also had the direct anterior approach to hip replacement recently performed.

“Eight weeks after my surgery, I climbed 3,500 feet to the peak of the Appalachian Trail in Rangely, Maine” he said.

Our patients are getting back to what they love to do faster than ever before through less invasive surgical approaches to hip replacement.

Hip replacement is most commonly used for hip joint failure caused by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or injury in patients of many ages but typically between 40 and 80 years.

The direct anterior approach for a total hip replacement is a new tissue sparing alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery that provides the potential for less pain, faster recovery and improved mobility because the muscle tissues are spared during the surgical procedure.

The patients walk the same day of their anterior hip replacement surgery often with just a single prong cane.  Rather than 3-5 days in the hospital, most patients undergoing direct anterior hip replacement leave the hospital 24-48 hours after surgery and go directly home.

In most cases, the patient do not have restrictions in regard to hip replacement and can return to driving and normal activities within a week after surgery.

For muscular strains and fracture to arthritic conditions, the physicians and staff of Shore Orthopaedic University Associates are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic problems including those affecting the hips.  Contact us at or (609) 927-1991 to schedule a one on one consultation with our physicians.

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