Hip, Foot & Ankle

Anterior Hip Replacement | West Hills CA | Westlake Village CA

Anterior hip replacement procedure

In the interest of the best possible outcome, Dr Bhagia and Dr. Shah use a fracture table when performing anterior hip replacements. This special table is designed to allow the surgeon to manipulate the position of the leg, exposing the hip joint in a way that allows for the smallest possible incision and no cutting of muscle tissue.

Once the patient has been properly anesthetized, the surgeon begins the anterior hip replacement, which is also known as a minimally invasive anterior hip replacement. This is because the initial incision is only four inches in length, and is located along the front of the thigh. This is drastically different from the posterior approach, in which the incision is located along the back of the leg.

Once the incision is made, the surgeon can access the hip joint by simply separating the underlying muscles. Because the anterior approach does not require cutting through any muscles, it leaves the patient in less pain after surgery, and may result in shortened recovery time.

Once the hip joint is exposed, the surgeon can proceed with the surgery itself. The hip joint is a ball and socket joint, and the surgeon removes all damaged or arthritic cartilage from both the ball and the socket. Once this is done, both the ball and the socket are replaced with prosthetic components using precision techniques developed over many years. Dr. Bhagia and Dr. Shah use x-rays during the surgery to ensure total alignment between the components.

Once the prosthetic components have been successfully installed and the surgeon is satisfied with their placement, he closes the incision.

Anterior hip replacement recovery

The anterior approach to hip replacement is also known as a tissue-sparing approach. This is because it cuts through the minimum amount of muscle and tissue in order to access the hip joint. Through this technique, the anterior approach seeks to help patients achieve full mobility and bear full weight immediately after surgery. This is a stark contrast to other approaches, which may require six to eight weeks of operating under strictly regulated activities.

Physical therapy is part of the recovery process. Your body will need to adjust to the hip implant, so physical therapists will prescribe exercises to promote mobility and hip function following the surgery. This physical therapy will be done in the clinic prior to your release, and will continue to take place once you go home.

The office of Dr.Umesh Bhagia and Dr. Nirav Shah is committed to give total care during your recovery period; we are always striving to provide the best in anterior hip replacement that the area has available. In addition to follow-up appointments, our office is on call to answer any questions and concerns that may arise following surgery. We encourage our patients to call any time they have a question, and we will assist in any way we can.

While most patients are candidates for anterior hip replacement surgery, the final determination will be made after a thorough analysis by the surgeon. The initial consultation and examination will shed light on the exact issue as well as your individual anatomy. Please call us to find out more about how we provide among the best anterior hip replacement the area has to offer. Our staff will be happy to help with anything you need.

Our Services

  • Minimally invasive Hip and Knee Replacement
  • Anterior Hip Replacement
  • Out Patient Partial and Total Joint Replacements

Frequently Treated Problems

  • Hip, Knee and Shoulder Arthritis


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