The are many approaches a surgeon can take to replace a hip. The anterior hip approach has been gaining favor recently as some studies are showing faster initial recovery, less pain post operatively and potentially reduced risk of dislocation. The risks of this approach include fracture, dislocation and increased risk of implant malpositioning. Come in and discuss if the Anterior Hip Approach is what you need with your hip replacement.
The posterior hip approach has been the gold standard and work horse of all of the approaches to the hip for hip replacement surgery. In the past the risks of this approach included dislocation, however recent studies show significant reduction in dislocation risks with adequate surgical technique to be equal to or better than anterior hip approach.