A comparison of hospital length of stay and short-term morbidity between the anterior and the posterior approaches to total hip arthroplasty.

@article{Martin2013ACO,
  title={A comparison of hospital length of stay and short-term morbidity between the anterior and the posterior approaches to total hip arthroplasty.},
  author={Christopher T. Martin and Andrew J Pugely and Yubo Gao and Charles R. Clark},
  journal={The Journal of arthroplasty},
  year={2013},
  volume={28 5},
  pages={849-54}
}
The efficacy of the anterior, relative to other operative approaches, in promoting earlier return to function after hip arthroplasty has not been well established. We retrospectively compared 41 anterior and 47 posterior approach cases. Mean hospital stay (2.9 vs. 4 days, p=0.001) and days to mobilization (2.4 vs. 3.2 days, p=0.006) were shorter with the anterior approach. After multivariate regression, the anterior approach remained a significant predictor of early discharge (p=0.009). Lateral… CONTINUE READING

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