• Dr Stuart MacKenzie

Advances in Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery

Over the 50 years since artificial joint replacement became available, there have been many advancements in technology. What changes have happened in hip and knee replacement technology recently?



Although the direct anterior approach has been around for a long time, it has become more popular recently as equipment advances have made it somewhat easier to do a hip replacement this way.

It has been suggested the direct anterior approach may allow faster recovery from surgery as the surgeon goes between muscles rather than having to split muscles or detach them from the bone. It has also been suggested that this may lead to a lower risk of dislocation of the hip replacement, an uncommon but potentially very serious complication.