Total Hip Replacement has been called "the operation of the century", revolutionising the treatment of the painful, stiff hip joint and is widely considered the most successful procedure in the whole of surgery. However, every case has its potential complications and demands on both patient and surgeon.
There are several surgical approaches available to access the hip joint, each with its own unique advantages and disadvantages prompting the clinically relevant question from patients:
What Approach to My Hip Replacement Will i Have?
There are three main surgical approaches: Posterior, Lateral and Anterior (or Direct Anterior). I have summarised the significant differences in the table below for comparison.
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