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DIRECT ANTERIOR APPROACH
The anterior approach provides the most direct access to the anterior aspect of the hip. A type of hip replacement surgery called the direct anterior hip approach can make the early recovery after surgery even better. This is a minimally invasive technique. With anterior hip replacement, the surgeon makes a small incision near the front of the hip to allow for removal of damaged bone and cartilage, and implantation of an artificial hip without damaging surrounding muscle and tendons. Patients leave the hospital sooner than they would with some other approaches. Many surgeons prefer this approach for reduction of femoral head and neck fractures. Often the primary surgical approach can be utilized for treatment of periprosthetic fractures. This is considered a greater challenge from the direct anterior approach, however it can be easily extended to perform most fracture surgeries effectively, while maintaining the posterior capsule and short external rotators.