Featured Surgery: THA through the Direct Anterior Approach
Charles A. DeCook, MD, operates on the right hip of a 40-year-old male patient with bilateral avascular necrosis (AVN) in a procedure broadcast to attendees at the 8th Annual Winter Hip & Knee Course.
Dr. DeCook, from Arthritis & Total Joint Specialists of Cumming, Georgia, prefers the direct anterior approach for total hip arthroplasty. This patient underwent THA of his left hip at another institution, and the procedure was done through the posterior approach.
Dr. DeCook said the patient feels long on the left side. With the direct anterior approach, he said, he will not have to compensate when taking down the short external rotators, as the other surgeon did.
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