Surgical approach in THA did not influence postoperative anteversion change

By Casey Tingle

Performing total hip arthroplasty through either the posterolateral or direct anterior approach did not affect postoperative anteversion change; however, the type of approach did affect stem sagittal alignment, according to study results.

Researchers evaluated 209 hips in 181 patients who underwent primary total hip arthroplasty using either the posterolateral (80 hips) or the direct anterior approach (129 hips) between January 2005 and December 2012.

Results showed a larger change in the postoperative femoral anteversion from native anteversion in the direct anterior approach group than in the posterolateral approach group.

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