Article Abstract

Muscle sparing anterior approach to the hip

Authors: Brian K. Daines, Charlie C. Yang


The anterior approach to the hip is a muscle-sparing approach where no muscles are cut. Muscle splitting approaches, such as the direct lateral approach, anterolateral approach, or the posterior approaches require the cutting and detachment of soft tissues. The anterior approach, on the other hand, utilizes the interval between the rectus femoris muscle and tensor fasciae latae to access the hip joint. Potential benefits of the anterior approach include reduced soft tissue trauma, improved early outcomes and speed of recovery, comparable component position, and decreased dislocation rate.