What is an anterior hip replacement?

An arthritic or fractured hip joint can be replaced surgically with an artificial component, a procedure referred to as a hip replacement. However, anterior hip replacement occurs when the incision is made over the anterior part, also known as the front of the hip, instead of the side or back of the hip. An anterior hip replacement reduces the risk of muscle damage and offers less discomfort, a quicker recovery, and fewer postoperative restrictions.

How does Dr van Niekerk perform anterior hip replacement?

In order to numb the area and lessen discomfort during the treatment, you will undergo anaesthesia before the surgery. Depending on Dr van Niekerk’s recommendation, either general anaesthesia or spinal anaesthesia may be used. During the treatment, a small incision is made at the front of the hip, and specialised tools are used to access the hip joint without harming or separating any muscles. Compared to other hip replacement procedures, the procedure involves creating a smaller incision. An artificial hip joint composed of metal, ceramic, or plastic components is then implanted after the diseased bone and cartilage have been removed from the joint. The prosthetic joint mimics the hip joint’s natural motion and provides pain-free movement. Dr van Niekerk will stitch up the incision, after which you will be kept under observation in a recovery area before being transferred to a hospital room or being allowed to go home, based on Dr van Niekerk’s suggestions.

What is recovery like after anterior hip replacement?

After the procedure, you can anticipate spending 1-2 days in the hospital before continuing your rehabilitation at home. Due to the smaller incision and reduced muscle damage, patients undergoing an anterior hip replacement can anticipate a quicker recovery than those undergoing other hip replacement procedures. You may feel pain, swelling, and discomfort in the hip joint for the first few days following surgery. In order to increase the strength, flexibility, and mobility of the hip, you will be advised to start physical therapy and rehabilitation activities. Additionally, you should attend all follow-up sessions with Dr van Niekerk to track your development.


How long does an anterior hip replacement take?

Dr van Niekerk requires one to two hours to complete the procedure.

How long does it take to recuperate from an anterior hip replacement?

Most patients can resume their regular activities within 4-6 weeks of the procedure.

Will I be able to walk immediately after anterior hip replacement?

Following anterior hip replacement surgery, most patients can stand and walk with help on the same day. Nevertheless, the degree of weight-bearing activity and mobility permitted will be determined by the state of each patient, the complexity of the operation, and Dr van Niekerk’s specific recommendations.

How long does an anterior hip replacement last?

The majority of current hip replacements are anticipated to last at least 15-20 years, and many patients can anticipate that their implant will survive significantly longer.