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What is direct anterior muscle-sparing total hip replacement?

Direct anterior muscle-sparing total hip replacement allows the surgeon to reach the hip joint from the front of the hip as opposed to the lateral (side) or the posterior (back). This way, the hip can be replaced without detaching the muscle from the pelvis or femur during surgery. The most important muscles for hip function, the gluteal muscles that attach to the pelvis and femur, are left undisturbed and therefore do not require a healing process. Direct anterior muscle-sparing total hip replacement offers a more beneficial alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery.

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