Anterior Approach Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Surgery at Sky Ridge Medical Center

Muscle-Sparing Total Hip Replacement Surgery Denver, Colorado


Anterior Approach Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement is a unique, muscle-sparing approach that uses the natural muscle plane at the front of the hip to access the hip joint and insert a hip prosthesis. Specialized instruments allow our surgeons to perform a total hip replacement by merely displacing the muscles that surround the hip joint. Therefore, the anterior approach technique causes less trauma than other traditional techniques because NO MUSCLES ARE CUT.

January 2013: Read about retired Denver Post writer Jeffrey Leib and anesthesiologist Dr. Garrett Sullivan's experiences undergoing the anterior approach procedure for hip replacement at Sky Ridge Medical Center>>

Benefits of the Anterior Approach

X-ray guidance is used during surgery to ensure accurate sizing and placement of the artificial hip components. There are a number of recent studies using gait and MRI analysis, in addition to clinical data, that support the belief that the Anterior (or AMIS) Approach is better for patients, both short- and long-term. Patients have a significantly shorter recovery time, less blood loss, enjoy a quicker return to full activity and function, have less scarring around the joint and experience greater stability and mobility.

While the Anterior Approach is still a relatively new technique by U.S. standards, it has been successfully performed in Europe since the 1940s. Dr. Robert Greenhow and Dr. Craig Loucks of Denver, Colorado initially learned the technique from Dr. Joel Matta in Los Angeles and Dr. Fredrick Laude in Paris, both of whom share credit for pioneering the approach. Drs. Greenhow and Loucks were two of only roughly 18 surgeons nationwide using the Anterior Approach when they adopted it in 2003, and were the first two surgeons performing the Anterior Approach hip replacement in the greater Denver area when they began operating at Sky Ridge Medical Center in 2003. Since 2003, they have collectively performed nearly 3000 anterior approach hip procedures. As consultants and proctors, they have also been instrumental in the education and training of other surgeons both in Denver and across the county.

Local Experts Performing the Anterior Approach

In addition to Drs. Greenhow and Loucks, Drs. Harold Hunt, Scott Resig and John Xenos perform this technique at Sky Ridge. For more information on the physicians performing the Anterior Approach, please call our Physician Referral Manager at 720-225-5362.

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