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A New Surgical Approach for Total Hip Replacement: DAA (Direct Anterior Approach) – Boon to Patient for Quick Recovery

19/11/2019

Dr Sanjeev Jain
Full Time Joint Replacement Surgeon
Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital Powai

 

 

Total Hip Replacement Surgery

Total Hip Replacement surgery is one of the most advanced successful procedures in patients dealing with severe hip pain and to improve a patient's quality of life.

The timing of surgery is a quality of life decision and there is no age limit to replacing the hip joint provided general health of a patient is satisfactory. There are numerous approaches that doctors use to replace the arthritic hip. The latest technique in hip joint replacement such as Direct Anterior Hip Replacement has resulted in a dramatic improvement in outcome

Direct Anterior Approach Hip Replacement is a minimally invasive hip surgery to replace the hip joint without cutting through any muscles or tendons. Traditional hip replacement requires cutting major muscles to reach the hip joint. Normally, after a traditional hip replacement, the surgeon would give instructions on hip precautions to allow the cut muscles to heal, hence recovery takes a long time.

 

Advantages of direct anterior approach hip replacements include:

  • Smaller incision
  • Minimal soft-tissue trauma
  • Less postoperative pain
  • Shorter operative time
  • Quicker recovery
  • Early mobilization
  • Short hospital stay
  • Less postoperative restrictions
  • Quicker return to normal activities
  • Reduced risk of dislocation
  • More accurate restoration of natural anatomy

 

Boon to Patient for Quick Recovery

One of the most exciting advantages of direct anterior approach total hip replacement surgery is the decreased risk of hip dislocations.as the hip is more stable and all the natural stability is preserved.

Recovery from the anterior approach also has advantages. Patients usually go home the next day, and some even go home the day of surgery as they can start walking and climbing the same or next day of surgery. With the more traditional lateral and posterior approaches, hospital stays can be up to one to two weeks. Most patients can expect to be back to their normal activities in about 6 weeks.

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