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Peri-Operative Education

  • How long does the operation take?

    Although this can be variable, in most cases the surgery is performed in 1-2 hours.

  • Where is the incision made?

    The incision is located off-center in front of the thigh.

  • How long is the incision?

    Body habitus can influence length, but in most cases it is between 4-6 inches.

  • How many days do I stay in the hospital?

    Pre-op level of function can play a critical role, however, most patients are discharged home within 24 hours.

  • What are common symptoms to expect after the surgery?

    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.

  • Will I need to participate in outpatient physical therapy?

    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.