Although this can be variable, in most cases the surgery is performed in 1-2 hours.
The incision is located off-center in front of the thigh.
Body habitus can influence length, but in most cases it is between 4-6 inches.
Pre-op level of function can play a critical role, however, most patients are discharged home within 24 hours.
Swelling is common after most surgeries and the anterior hip is no exception. We find anterior hip patients are more active in the immediate postop interval. The activity can exacerbate the swelling. We ask patients to ice 10-15 min/hour 4-6 hours a day. In addition, we have found utilizing compressive shorts to mitigate swelling has also been extremely effective.
We feel mobility & muscular control are issues most candidates have prior to surgical treatment. In particular, extension mobility and gluteal strength is usually compromised. Out-patient physical therapy can address these deficiencies making a good hip into a great hip.