is a surgical approach? It is the direction that the surgeon uses
in getting to the hip joint through the skin and soft tissues.
The scar left around the hip after total hip replacement is the
direction the surgeon took. Why do we talk about it? The surgical
approach used can have an effect on your recovery after surgery.
Also, you may be concerned with the scar location and length.
are a number of ways to get to the hip joint. The approach or
scar can be on the butt in the back of the body and that is
called the posterior approach. The cut can be made on the side
of the hip and that is the lateral approach. Sometimes, the cut
may be in between the two mentioned before and it is called the
posterolateral approach. The cut or incision can be straight
or slightly curved and it can be long or short.
In order to get to the hip joint deep in the body, the skin is
cut open first and then the soft tissue below are separated and
detached. The hip joint by nature is quite stable because it is
a ball and socket joint. Moreover, it is well bound and held together
by soft tissue structures of several inches in total thickness.
The soft tissue structures are muscles, tendons and joint capsule.
So, these make the hip joint very stable. After the surgery, the
split and detached muscles are repaired and it will take some time
for the soft tissue structure to heal. In walking, the movement
of the hip joint is powered by the muscles. When the hip moves,
the soft tissue around it also moves. So, moving the healing muscles
can become a source of pain.
The two common surgical approaches are the Standard Posterior
Approach and the Lateral Approach.