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In short, yes. After years of training, courses and up-skilling, I am now happy to offer a direct anterior approach where the cut is on the front of the thigh. This results in less damage to muscles so the recovery in the short to medium term is quicker and the hip is more comfortable to lie on. It also allows us to x-ray during the operation, ensuring the best fit of all components right at the time of surgery. Finally, the risk of dislocation (the hip "popping out") is also lower.
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More complex procedures can also be performed through this type of cut, for instance redo/revision surgery, or, if previous surgery has been performed through a posterior or anterolateral/side approach, I am fully trained to re-use these also.