Anterior Hip Replacement Specialist

Tim Kavanaugh, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon & Joint Replacement Specialist located in Mesa, AZ & Phoenix, AZ

Damage to your hip joint can lead to chronic pain, stiffness, and poor mobility in your lower extremities. At his practice in Mesa and Phoenix, Arizona, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Tim Kavanaugh, MD, and his team perform anterior hip replacement surgery to repair joint damage without harming your muscles and other soft tissues that support it. Call Dr. Kavanaugh’s office or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.

Anterior Hip Replacement Q&A

What is an anterior hip replacement?

An anterior hip replacement restores function to your hip by replacing your joint with an artificial alternative. Unlike a posterior hip replacement, this approach replaces the joint through the front of your hip, at the very top of your thigh. The procedure is minimally invasive, resulting in less pain and damage than posterior or lateral approaches.

When is an anterior hip replacement necessary?

While a hip fracture may warrant a joint replacement, the most common reason for an anterior hip replacement is arthritis. Osteoarthritis, the most common type, results from the breakdown of cartilage. The second most common type, rheumatoid arthritis, is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic joint inflammation.

An anterior hip replacement is a last resort procedure when less invasive therapies, such as physical therapy, steroid injections, anti-inflammatory medications, and activity modifications have failed to provide lasting pain relief.

What happens during an anterior hip replacement?

After a comprehensive consultation that includes a physical exam, medical history review, and X-ray imaging scans, Dr. Kavanaugh creates your individualized hip replacement treatment plan. Most hip replacements require general anesthesia, but you may respond well to a regional anesthetic instead.

Once you’re numb and comfortable, Dr. Kavanaugh makes a small incision in the front of your hip, near the damaged joint. Next, he uses special medical instruments to extract any damaged or diseased bone, cartilage, and tissue. Finally, he replaces your injured hip joint with an artificial alternative. 

The surgery itself may take several hours, and you may need to stay in the hospital for the first 1-3 days of your recovery.

What happens after an anterior hip replacement?

Most patients resume their normal activities within 2-3 weeks of surgery. During this time, you can expect to begin a rehabilitation plan that focuses on restoring your mobility through stretching, strengthening exercises, and movement.

What are the benefits of an anterior hip replacement?

When compared to less direct approaches, such as posterior and lateral replacements, an anterior hip replacement may result in:

  • Less muscle and tissue damage
  • Minimal pain
  • Shorter recovery
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Minimal risk of future hip dislocation

To learn more about anterior hip replacement surgery, call Tim Kavanaugh, MD, or schedule an appointment online today.