Hip replacement surgeries have become a common procedure for alleviating pain and improving mobility in individuals suffering from hip joint deterioration. Among the various approaches to this surgery, the anterior approach is gaining popularity due to its potential benefits. One significant aspect of hip replacement surgery is the resulting scar.
In anterior hip replacement surgery, an incision usually 8cm to 10cm in length is made into the groin area in order to gain access to the hip. Unlike traditional surgical methods, this technique is less traumatic. Entering through the front, the need to cut through muscles and tendons is minimised, both speeding up recovery and leaving a cosmetically pleasing anterior hip replacement scar.
Benefits of an Anterior Hip Replacement for Scarring
An anterior approach for a hip replacement scar is much more desirable than the traditional posterior approach. Here’s why:
The anterior approach for a hip replacement scar involves accessing the hip joint from the front of the body, resulting in a scar that is positioned along the natural crease of the groin or bikini line. This placement makes the scar less noticeable, especially when wearing clothing that leaves this area on show.
The anterior approach with a hip replacement scar typically requires a smaller incision compared to the posterior approach, usually between 8cm and 10cm in length. And a smaller incision means a smaller scar, which can be less visually prominent making for a more cosmetically pleasing scar.
With the anterior approach, your hip surgeon can work between the muscles, rather than cutting through them. This muscle sparing technique may lead to reduced muscle trauma and therefore less post-operative pain. Additionally, preserving the muscles can contribute to a more natural-looking contour of the hip region.
When using the anterior approach, X-rays can be taken during the operation to ensure that components are inserted as precisely as possible. This leads to a faster recovery and often results in a more successful surgery, reducing the risk of dislocation and other complications.
The placement of the scar after an anterior hip replacement on the groin area enables you to feel more comfortable during the recovery period than other methods. This is because you are able to bend, sit, drive and lie on your side without impacting negatively on the scar.
Speak With Your Surgeon About the Best Approach for You
It’s important to speak with your surgeon about the best approach for your needs. Although the anterior approach has many benefits and leaves a more desirable scar, this isn’t always the best technique for your condition.
If you want to speak to an expert today, get in touch with Dr David Slattery on 03 5752 5020. Specialising in all techniques of hip replacement surgery, he will have an in-depth discussion and ensure that you choose the technique that is right for you. Remember, the most important factor is the successful outcome of your surgery and the restoration of mobility and a good quality of life.
Arranging a Consultation with our Hip Specialist Surgeon
Dr Slattery is a specialist in complex knee, pelvic and hip surgery with experience in multiple different kinds of joint replacement and treatment. His experience as a hip surgeon in this area extends to including total hip replacement, robotic hip replacement, hip arthroscopy and hip resurfacing.
Centred on his patient’s needs, Dr Slattery believes in tailoring treatments suited to each individual. During your hip treatment consultation, at any one of his three Melbourne consulting rooms, you will be guided through the process while being informed of any risks that may be involved with the procedure.
To arrange a consultation with Dr Slattery, please contact his office by calling (03) 5752 5020. Otherwise, please make an appointment through our online contact form.