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Anterior Advantage™ for Total Hip Replacement

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ANTERIOR ADVANTAGE™ for Total Hip Replacement

ANTERIOR ADVANTAGE™, is a technology-assisted, minimally invasive procedure for hip replacement surgery that is associated with less pain1,2,3 faster recovery1,2,3,4 and reduced length of stay1,2,5 vs. traditional approaches.


Hip replacement is a common surgery, with more than 600,000 procedures performed in the United States each year6. However, a surgeon may choose from different approaches to perform their patient’s surgery. A surgical approach is the way the surgeon makes their incision so that they can operate on the bones that make up the hip joint. The Anterior Approach to hip replacement is a minimally invasive surgical technique where the surgeon makes an incision at the front of the hip and works between the muscles to keep them intact, instead of through the buttocks or side of the hip as is common with traditional hip replacement.


An innovative way to perform the Anterior Approach is called ANTERIOR ADVANTAGE and is now being performed by Dr. Gebhart at Orthopedic Associates of Meadville, P.C.


The ANTERIOR ADVANTAGE goes beyond the Anterior Approach technique and includes exclusive technologies to help optimize the surgical experience for the patient.


KINCISE™ Surgical Automated System, which enables your surgeon to automate and improve the precision of key steps during hip replacement surgery.


Hana® table, or other orthopaedic table, which allows the surgeon better access to the hip joint and gives them the ability to better align and position the implant.


Clinically successful hip replacement implants that are designed to act much like a natural hip, enabling smooth movement, increasing the joint’s stability and reducing pain.



Potential benefits of the ANTERIOR ADVANTAGE™

• Spend less time in the hospital1,2,4,5,8
• Have a faster recovery1,2,3,4
• Experience less pain1,2,3
• Use less narcotics to relieve pain after surgery2,4,9 than those patients treated with traditional approaches


ANTERIOR ADVANTAGE is a strong option for our patients who have avoided hip replacement because they feared a lengthy and painful recovery. ANTERIOR ADVANTAGE helps you get back sooner1,2,3,4 to living your life.



Things to Consider with Your Surgeon before an ANTERIOR ADVANTAGE™ Hip Replacement

• Am I a candidate for the ANTERIOR ADVANTAGE?
• What are the other hip replacement techniques and technologies available? How do they compare to the ANTERIOR ADVANTAGE?
• What are the benefits and risks of ANTERIOR ADVANTAGE hip replacement surgery?
• How long will it take to recover and rehabilitate from an ANTERIOR ADVANTAGE hip replacement surgery?
• What is my role in recovery and rehabilitation?
• If I choose to undergo an ANTERIOR ADVANTAGE hip replacement surgery, will I be able to resume daily activities?


Additional Resources

The website links below have additional information on treatment options for hip pain including rehabilitation, finding a surgeon in your area, and patients who overcame their hip pain. In addition, you can enroll in OA MY WAY®, a personalized program designed to help motivate, educate, and support those who are considering hip replacement surgery:






Important Safety Information

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. The performance of hip replacements depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if hip replacement is an option for you.


1. Barrett WP, et al. “Prospective Randomized Study of Direct Anterior vs Postero-Lateral Approach for Total Hip Arthroplasty.” The Journal of Arthroplasty 2013; (28): 1634-1638.

2. Zawadsky MW, et al. “Early Outcome Comparison Between the Direct Anterior Approach and the Mini- Incision Posterior Approach for Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty: 150 Consecutive Cases.” The Journal of Arthroplasty 2014; (29): 1256-1260.
3. Bourne MH, et al. “A comparison between direct anterior surgery of the hip (DASH) and the anterolateral (AL) surgical approach to THA: Postoperative outcomes.” 2010 AAOS New Orleans, LA, Poster #014
4. Schweppe et al. Does Surgical Approach in Total Hip Arthroplasty Affect Rehabilitation, Discharge Disposition, and Readmission Rate? Surgical Technology International XXIII. 2013. Orthopedic Surgery, 219-227.
5. Kamath A, Chitnis A, Holy C, et al. Medical resource utilization and costs for total hip arthroplasty: benchmarking an anterior approach technique in the Medicare population. J Med Econ. 2017; 1-7.
6. GlobalData Medical Intelligance Center (190219).
7. Schweppe et al. Does Surgical Approach in Total Hip Arthroplasty Affect Rehabilitation, Discharge Disposition, and Readmission Rate? Surgical Technology International XXIII. 2013. Orthopedic Surgery, 219-227.
8. Petis SM, et al. “In Hospital Cost Analysis of THA: Does Surgical Approach Matter?” The Journal of Arthroplasty 2016; (31)” 53-58.
9. Miller LE, Gondusky JS, Bhattacharyya S, Kamath AK, Boettner F, Wright J. Does Surgical Approach Affect Outcomes in Total Hip Arthroplasty Through 90 Days of Follow-Up? A Systematic Review With Meta-Analysis. J Arthroplasty. 2017: 33(4); 1296-1302.