Considering lateral hip replacement surgery? First, consider the risks. Hip dislocation after lateral hip surgery is almost forty times more likely than with anterior hip replacement surgery, and it has a typical recovery period that's twice as long, as well.
The reason for the dramatic difference comes down to the way each method approaches the hip joint. Lateral hip replacement surgery approaches from the side of the hip, cutting a tendon and other nearby soft tissue. Anterior hip surgery, on the other hand, uses special equipment to approach the hip joint frontally. This way, your orthopedic surgeon avoids damaging as much soft tissue as they would through lateral hip replacement and makes a much smaller incision. This means less chance of dislocation and a quicker recovery!
Wondering if you're eligible for this gentler form of hip replacement? Give us a call today!