[Surgical approaches in hip resurfacing]

Orthopade. 2008 Jul;37(7):650-8. doi: 10.1007/s00132-008-1282-9.
[Article in German]


A large variety of approaches are described for standard total hip arthroplasty. All of them are technically based on three different approaches: anterior, anterolateral, or posterior. In recent hip resurfacing, the posterior approach is common, due to large instruments used to ream the femur. Better exposure of the acetabulum is achieved by the posterior approach, but this technique puts the important extraosseous blood supply to the femoral head at risk. The anterior approach preserves blood supply and gives better options to treat the femoroacetabular impingement. If specific surgical modifications and instruments designed for minimally invasive surgery are used, hip resurfacing can be performed with an anterolateral technique. Excellent functional and clinical outcomes have been reported after all three approaches.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip / instrumentation*
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip / methods*
  • Cementation / instrumentation*
  • Cementation / methods*
  • Hip Joint / surgery*
  • Hip Prosthesis*
  • Humans