Direct Anterior Hip Replacement
What is the Direct Anterior Hip Replacement Approach?
This hip replacement approach is the technique I prefer to use for the vast majority of my patients. It takes place through the front of your hip joint. The size of your incision depends a little bit on the size of a patient, but in general it is quite small, about 6-10cm in length.
Rather than splitting muscles or cutting tendons, we move in between the muscles on the front of the hip, to gain access and replace the joint. At the end of the procedure no muscles or tendons require repairing with suture, because they have not been cut during the operation.
The principle of the anterior approach is to allow patients to mobilise more quickly, with less pain and weakness early after the operation.
Advantages of Anterior Hip Replacement
- Less damage to the major muscles.
- Faster recovery from surgery.
- Less post-operative pain and discomfort.
Dr Matthew Hutchinson for Anterior Hip Replacement
Dr Hutchinson has a special interest in the treatment of hip arthritis and performs a high volume of hip replacement surgery using the anterior approach where no muscles or tendons are cut. Dr Hutchinson provides surgical care to some of the best athletes in Australia, including professionals in the AFL, AFLW, SANFL, NBL and Superleague Netball. He offers the same very high level of care to everyday patients who are suffering from hip arthritis. He is passionate about helping his patients, of all ages, return to the best possible function and quality of life.
All educational videos below have been created for you by Dr Hutchinson. They will provide you with up-to-date information about hip arthritis and hip replacement surgery. The ‘Everything you need to know’ video is comprehensive and covers all aspects of hip arthritis and hip replacement surgery. Below this are smaller, bite-sized, videos that focus on a particular topic. Written education (in PDF format) is also available to download.
Hip Arthritis & Hip Replacement Video Content
Hip Replacement – Everything you need to know
In this evidence-based educational video, Dr Hutchinson walks you through everything you need to know about hip replacement, including;
What exactly does your doctor mean when they tell you that you have hip arthritis? In this practical and evidence-based educational tool Dr Hutchinson informs you about what hip arthritis is, and why is causes pain, stiffness and challenges with everyday activities.
What is a hip replacement?
Practical and easy to understand educational tool, with beautiful videography and annimations, that takes all the mystery out of what a hip replacement actually is.
What are the different options for hip replacement?
Practical and easy to understand educational tool, with beautiful videography and animations, that walks patients through the different approaches that surgeons use to replace your hip joint. This video takes away all the mystery from the ‘posterior approach’, ‘lateral approach’ and ‘direct anterior approach’ for hip replacement.
What is direct anterior approach hip replacement?
Direct anterior approach hip replacement is a minimally-invasive hip replacement technique that involves a surgeon replacing your hip joint through a small incision without cutting through any muscles.
Recovery after anterior hip replacement
Practical and easy to understand educational tool, with beautiful videography and animations, that walks patients through all the phases of recovery after hip replacement with the direct anterior approach.
How long will my hip replacement last?
In this practical easy to understand educational tool, Dr Hutchinson uses the latest evidence to let you know exactly how long you can expect your hip replacement to last.
What are the risks of hip replacement?
Practical and easy to understand educational tool, with beautiful videography and animations, that informs patients about the major risks of hip replacement surgery.
Do I need a hip replacement?
In this practical and evidence-based educational tool, Dr Hutchinson discusses the major factors that determine if and when a patient requires a hip replacement. He also discusses the non-operative treatments for hip arthritis.