Numerous studies have been published supporting the benefits of the anterior approach:
Pain and narcotic use is less during the first 6 weeks after hip replacement through an anterior approach. Individuals who undergo hip replacement through the anterior approach discontinue walking aids (walker or canes) on average at least 1 week earlier than other hip approaches. Functional outcomes measured by the Harris Hip Score which includes pain, activities, walking distance, range of motion, ability to perform stairs, use of ambulation aids, improve faster for the anterior hip approach in both short and midterm results out to at least 6 months when compared to posterior approach hip replacement. Individuals undergoing anterior hip replacement also have an increased likelihood of being discharged home on the same day of surgery as an early culmination of manageable pain and ability to complete physical therapy goals.
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