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Hip replacement is a common surgery, with more than 600,000 procedures performed in the United States each year1.  However, a surgeon may choose from different approaches to perform their patient’s surgery. The Anterior Approach to hip replacement is a minimally invasive surgical technique where the surgeon makes an incision at the front of the hip and works between the muscles to keep them intact, instead of through the buttocks or side of the hip as is common with traditional hip replacement.

An innovative way to perform the Anterior Approach is called ANTERIOR ADVANTAGE™ and is now being performed by Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Carlos Gomez.

The ANTERIOR ADVANTAGE™, now offered at Wood County Hospital, goes beyond the Anterior Approach technique and includes exclusive technologies to help improve the surgical experience for the patient, like:

  • KINCISE™ Surgical Automated System, which enables your surgeon to automate and improve the precision of key steps during hip replacement surgery
  • A Hana® table which allows the surgeon better access to the hip joint and gives them the ability to better align and position the implant
  • Clinically successful hip replacement implants that are designed to complement muscle sparing procedures like Anterior Approach and act much like a natural hip, enabling smooth movement, increasing the joint’s stability and reducing pain


With the ANTERIOR ADVANTAGE, patients spend less time in the hospital2, 3, have a faster recovery2, 3, 4, experience less pain2, 3, 4, and take less narcotics to relieve pain after surgery2, 5 compared to patients who have undergone traditional hip replacement surgery. This is a viable option for our patients that may have avoided hip replacement due to the fear of lengthy or painful recovery.

Safety Information:

The performance of hip replacements depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have hip replacement surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can determine if hip replacement is required based on an individual patient's condition.


  1. GlobalData: Orthopedic Devices – Hip Reconstruction – Global – 2015-2025
  2. Zawadsky MW, et al. “Early Outcome Comparison Between the Direct Anterior Approach and the Mini-Incision Posterior Approach for Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty: 150 Consecutive Cases.” The Journal of Arthroplasty 2014; (29): 1256-1260.
  3. Barrett WP, et al. “Prospective Randomized Study of Direct Anterior vs Postero-Lateral Approach for Total Hip Arthroplasty.” The Journal of Arthroplasty 2013; (28): 1634-1638.
  4. Bourne MH, Mariani A Comparison Between Direct Anterior Surgery of the Hip (DASH) and Anterolateral (AL) Surgical Approaches to Total Hip Arthroplasty: Post- Operative Outcomes. Poster Presentation #014, AAOS, New Orleans, LA, March 9-13, 2010. Comparison of functional outcomes after Anterior Approach (211 patients) with Anterolateral/Traditional (259 patients).
  5. Miller LE, Gondusky JS, Bhattacharyya S, Kamath AK, Boettner F, Wright J. Does Surgical Approach Affect Outcomes in Total Hip Arthroplasty Through 90 Days of Follow-Up? A Systematic Review With Meta-Analysis. J Arthroplasty. 2017: 33(4); 1296-1302.

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