Kamal Aderibigbe, MD

Direct Anterior Hip Replacement

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon located in Des Moines and Ankeny, IA

Direct Anterior Hip Replacement

Direct Anterior Hip Replacement services offered in Des Moines and Ankeny, IA

The direct anterior hip replacement is a surgical technique that can allow for less damage to surrounding muscles and tendons for patients in need of hip replacement surgery. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Kamal Aderibigbe, MD, sees patient out of Des Moines and Ankeny, Iowa. He specializes in the minimally invasive direct anterior hip replacent procedure and can help you regain your mobility and range of motion. To find out if this approach is right for you, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Aderibigbe today and learn more about the benefits of direct anterior hip replacement surgery.

Direct Anterior Hip Replacement Q&A

What is a direct anterior hip replacement?

A direct anterior hip replacement is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that replaces a damaged hip joint with a metal, ceramic, or plastic through a small minimaly invasive incision on the front of the hip. This approach allows Dr. Aderibigbe to remove the damaged or diseased joint and cartilage without disrupting the surrounding healthy muscles and tendons.


Opting for a direct anterior hip replacement often results in better outcomes for patients with chronic hip pain than the traditional posterior open hip surgery. After a thorough evaluation, Dr. Aderibigbe can determine whether this approach is suitable for you.

What are the benefits of a direct anterior hip replacement?

Direct anterior hip replacement surgery offers many advantages over more invasive techniques, including:


  • Smaller incisions
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Fast recovery
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Less pain and need for pain medication
  • Better range of motion
  • Improved stability


This approach can also deliver greater stability to the hip joint and reduce the risk of dislocation.

Who is a candidate for direct anterior hip replacement surgery?

Many patients suffering from hip pain, low range of motion, and limited mobility can benefit from a direct anterior hip replacement. Dr. Aderibigbe may recommend this procedure if you have:


  • Advanced arthritis
  • Hip pain that diminishes your quality of life
  • Had a previous unsuccessful hip surgery
  • Found little success with nonsurgical procedures
  • Fractures
  • Osteonecrosis (tissue death)
  • Congenital hip disorders


Dr. Aderibigbe works with you to ensure your surgery is successful and that it improves your quality of life.

What can I expect from a direct anterior hip replacement?

After administering anesthesia, Dr. Aderibigbe makes a small incision near the front of the hip to access the damaged joint. He then carefully removes the damaged portions of the joint and inserts an artificial socket and femoral head made of ceramic, plastic, or metal. After testing the prostheses’ range of motion, he closes the incision.

How long is the recovery after a direct anterior hip replacement?

Most patients recover within four weeks of surgery and can start walking with assistance on the day of their procedure. However, many factors can influence your recovery time, including age, medical history, and lifestyle.


Call Kamal Aderibigbe, MD, today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about direct anterior hip replacement surgery.