Bryant Bonner, MD

Board Certified

Hip and Knee Replacement Specialist

Anterior Hip Replacement

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Welcome to our patient-focused guide dedicated to Anterior Hip Replacement!

If you or a loved one are considering Hip Replacement surgery, we are here to provide you with in-depth and valuable information about the innovative Anterior Approach.

Anterior Hip Replacement is a cutting-edge surgical technique that accesses the hip joint from the front, offering numerous advantages such as faster recovery, minimized muscle damage, less postoperative pain, and shorter hospital stays.

Understanding Anterior Hip Replacement

In this segment, we delve into the core components of Anterior Hip Replacement. Learn about how the procedure is executed, the inherent benefits of this approach, crucial considerations for potential candidates, and what to expect before and after surgery.

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Dr. Bonner’s Expertise in Anterior Hip Replacement

With a deep-seated passion for clinical excellence and the well-being of his patients, Dr. Bonner boasts a wealth of experience in Anterior Hip Replacement and is well beyond the reported learning curve. He prioritizes providing each patient with the highest standards of surgical care.

Patient-Centric Care with Dr. Bonner

As a surgeon who puts his patients at the heart of his practice, Dr. Bonner invests time to grasp the unique needs of each individual. By addressing your queries and tailoring a treatment plan aligned with your specific circumstances, he’s garnered trust from countless satisfied patients.

Our primary aim is to empower you to make informed decisions about your health. Whether you’re at the beginning stages of exploring surgical options or have already decided on the anterior approach, Dr. Bonner and our dedicated team are steadfastly by your side, offering guidance every step of the way.

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What is Anterior Hip Replacement?

Anterior Hip Replacement is a surgical procedure designed to alleviate hip pain and improve mobility by replacing the damaged parts of your hip joint with artificial components. What makes the Anterior Approach unique is the way Dr. Bonner gains access to the hip joint during surgery. Instead of making the incision on the side or back of the hip, the Anterior Approach involves making the incision at the front of the hip.

The Anterior Approach is different from traditional Hip Replacement techniques because it allows the Dr. Bonner to reach the hip joint by going between the muscles, rather than cutting through them. This muscle-sparing approach has several potential benefits, including:

  1. Less Muscle Damage: Dr. Bonner can move the muscles aside, avoiding the need to cut or detach them, which may lead to less muscle damage.
  2. Faster Recovery: With less muscle trauma, some patients may experience a quicker recovery and return to their normal activities.
  3. Stability: The Anterior Approach may provide improved hip stability due to the preservation of certain hip structures.
  4. Reduced Risk of Dislocation: The Anterior Approach may lower the risk of hip dislocation in the early postoperative period.

Most patients are a candidate for an Anterior Hip Replacement for a primary, or first time, Hip Replacement surgery.

However, not every patient is a candidate for Anterior Hip Replacement and there may be certain medical conditions, complexity, hip anatomy that may require a different approach.

Most patients are now going home the same day or the next day after surgery. Patients often use a walker for the first 1-2 weeks to help provide some added stability and balance and progressively graduate to a cane and then off any assistive devices as you are able.

You will also have some special precautions for the first six weeks to help optimize and ensure the stability of your Hip Replacement. We will review these in detail both before and after your surgery.

After your stay in the hospital we will set up physical therapy to go to your home for the first two weeks. After two weeks, we will focus on home exercises and stretching as you begin to increase your activity. As you progress you can also begin to get back to the activities you love such as walking, hiking, golf and more!


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