Recovery and outcomes of direct anterior approach total hip arthroplasty
The adoption and utilization of the direct anterior approach (DAA) for total hip arthroplasty (THA) has increased significantly over the past decade. This review presents the available literature for early recovery and outcomes of the DAA THA. A growing body of evidence points towards superior early recovery and early functional outcomes with the DAA in experienced hands compared to posterior and lateral based approaches in regards to pain, opioid use, length of stay, and early markers of mobility. In an era of rapid recovery protocols, the DAA with its early pain and functional advantages can effectively deliver safe and effective value for the total hip population.