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    Direct anterior approach total hip replacement

    By Mr Vipin Asopa, August 2023

    Why should I consider a direct anterior approach total hip replacement? 

    The direct anterior approach (DAA) for total hip replacement is a surgical technique that involves the surgeon accessing the hip joint from the front of the body, as opposed to the side or back. This approach has gained popularity in recent years because it is associated with several potential benefits for patients.

    If someone requires hip replacement surgery, here are some of the reasons why they might consider a direct anterior approach total hip replacement:

    • Quicker recovery: One of the most significant advantages of the DAA is that it may allow for a quicker recovery than other surgical approaches. Because the muscles and tissues are not cut or detached to the same extent as in other approaches, patients may experience less pain, stiffness, and swelling post-surgery.
    • Lower dislocation risk: The DAA allows for accurate placement of the hip implant, which may reduce the risk of dislocation after surgery. This is particularly important for younger or more active patients who may put more stress on their hip joint.
    • Smaller incision: The incision used in the DAA is typically smaller than in other approaches, which may result in less scarring and a more cosmetically pleasing result.
    • Lower blood loss: The DAA technique may also result in lower blood loss during surgery, which can be beneficial for patients who are at higher risk for complications related to blood loss.
    • Potential for outpatient surgery: Because of the minimally invasive nature of the DAA, some patients may be candidates for outpatient total hip replacement. This means that they may be able to go home the same day as their surgery, rather than staying in the hospital for several days.

    It’s important to note that not all patients are candidates for the DAA, and there are some potential risks and drawbacks associated with this approach as well.

    Mr Vipin Asopa, PhD, FRCS (Tr & Orth), MBChB, BSc (hons)
    Specialist Consultant Hip and Knee Surgeon in London, with a particular focus on hip pain, knee pain and sports injuries.

    Mr Asopa performs numerous surgical procedures including hip and knee joint replacements, arthroscopy, ACL surgery, as well as treating arthritis, ligament injuries, trochanteric pain and more.

    To book an appointment with Mr Asopa:
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