Direct Anterior Approach Specialist

Herrick J. Siegel, MD

Total Joint Replacement Specialist located in Birmingham, AL

When it comes to hip replacement surgery, there’s no longer a need for things to get worse before they get better. With the direct anterior approach, Herrick J. Siegel, MD, is able to minimize tissue damage, allowing his patients in Birmingham, Alabama, to get back to their lives more quickly with a hip that can keep up. To find out more about the innovative direct anterior approach to hip replacement, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Direct Anterior Approach

What is hip replacement surgery?

Hip replacement surgery, or arthroplasty, has been around since the 1960s and has helped millions of people regain mobility after disease or injury has damaged this large ball-and-socket joint. Leading the charge in this regard is osteoarthritis, a degenerative condition that causes pain and inflammation in your joints.

And when this disease strikes your hips, the results can be life-altering, sidelining you from your favorite activities in life, as well as simple, everyday tasks. Through hip replacement surgery, Dr. Siegel replaces the damaged components in your joint, allowing you to move without the pain and stiffness that came with your old joint.

Why is the direct anterior approach preferable?

When hip replacement surgery was first introduced, the approach was a posterior one, in which the doctor accessed your hip from the back. While successful, this approach can cause considerable damage to your muscles and tendons in the process, prolonging your recovery.

Thanks to the introduction of minimally invasive surgical techniques, which rely on specialized equipment and cameras to perform complex procedures in small spaces, surgeons are able to minimize this type of collateral damage. Applying this technology to your hips, surgeons can approach the area from the front (anterior), allowing them to gain access to your hip by moving your muscles, rather than detaching or cutting them.

As an early adopter of this innovative surgical technique, Dr. Siegel has extensive experience using the direct anterior approach, helping his patients regain mobility more quickly.

In addition to a faster recovery, there’s often less pain with a direct anterior approach and less threat of postsurgical hip dislocation.

What is recovery like after a direct anterior approach hip replacement?

Dr. Siegel’s goal is to get you up and moving quickly after your hip replacement surgery, which is possible thanks to the fact that your muscles and tendons weren’t damaged during surgery.

You can count on testing your new hip a day or two after your procedure, and each day after that you’ll build and strengthen your hip, gaining more mobility as you go.

The good news is that studies show that patients who undergo hip replacement surgery with the direct anterior approach were able to reach functional milestones five days earlier than patients who underwent posterior or lateral replacements.

If you’d like to learn more about the direct anterior approach to hip replacement, call the office or request an appointment online.