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What is the difference between anterior and posterior hip replacement?

Dr. Daniel R. Spogen, MD
Family Practitioner

The differences between anterior and posterior hip replacements include the following:

  • Anterior hip replacements are done through an incision in the anterior (front) thigh/groin region. Posterior hip replacements are done through the buttock muscles.
  • Anterior hip replacements have a lower risk of dislocation after surgery compared to posterior hip replacements.
  • Anterior hip replacements do not split the gluteus muscle, so recovery may be a bit easier than after surgery using the posterior approach.
  • With the anterior approach, the piriformis muscles may be detached for prosthesis placement and cannot be reattached. With the posterior replacement the pirirformis muscles can be reattached.
  • Anterior hip replacements are technically more challenging since muscles are not split and visualization is through muscle planes.
  • A special surgical table is needed for the anterior approach, which may not be available in all hospitals.

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