Algorithmic soft tissue femoral release in anterior approach total hip arthroplastyAlthough the anterior approach for total hip arthroplasty has gained increasing utilization, some studies have suggested a higher risk of femoral complications, as well as difficulty with femoral exposure. Techniques of soft tissue releases have been described to offer better femoral exposure, and to help mitigate complications. The purpose of the study is to describe an algorithmic soft tissue femoral release in direct anterior approach total hip arthroplasty and to assess the clinical outcomes of patients upon which this algorithm of femoral soft tissue releases was utilized.
The anterior approach for conversion hip arthroplastyConversion of prior proximal femoral fracture fixation to hip arthroplasty is a fairly common and successful procedure, necessitated by various modes of failure. The procedure is well described utilizing a posterior or anterolateral surgical approach. The anterior approach for total hip arthroplasty has gained in popularity. The approach allows for supine positioning and facilitates live fluoroscopic imaging. We present possible advantages and disadvantages, as well as the surgical technique, of conversion to total hip arthroplasty via the direct anterior approach.