Revolutionizing Hip Replacement: Anterior Approach with a Cosmetic Minimally Invasive Incision

Posted on November 17th, 2023 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group

Dr. Todd A. Morrison’s Pioneering Approach to Anterior Hip Replacement 

Living with hip arthritis can be an excruciating ordeal, especially when nonoperative treatments fail to provide relief. Fortunately, there’s an innovative and patient-friendly solution that I am excited to share with you – the minimally invasive anterior hip replacement with a cosmetic, bikini-type incision. 

In this blog post, I want to discuss the advantages of the anterior approach and the cosmetic appeal of the bikini incision for patients who have been suffering from persistent hip pain.

The Anterior Approach: A Game-Changer

In my years as an orthopedic surgeon, I’ve seen how traditional hip replacement surgeries often involve posterior or lateral approaches, which can mean cutting through muscles and tendons to access the hip joint. The anterior approach, on the other hand, is truly a game-changer. It’s a method that I believe in, and here’s why:

  1. Faster Recovery: With the anterior approach, there’s less muscle damage and trauma, and that means a quicker recovery. I’ve witnessed countless patients who have been able to return to their daily activities sooner than with traditional approaches.
  2. Reduced Pain: The minimal disruption of muscles and soft tissues leads to less postoperative pain. This means less reliance on pain medication and a more comfortable recovery process for my patients.
  3. Improved Stability: The anterior approach can provide greater hip joint stability and lower the risk of dislocation, and I’ve seen firsthand how this enhances the overall long-term outcome for my patients.
  4. Enhanced Range of Motion: It’s been a pleasure for me to witness patients experience an improved range of motion with the anterior approach, allowing for a more active and fulfilling lifestyle.

The Bikini-Type Incision: A Cosmetic Touch

Now, let’s talk about something unique – the bikini-type incision that comes with the anterior approach. I’ve been thrilled to see how this approach not only offers the benefits of anterior hip replacement but also adds a touch of cosmetic appeal for many of my patients. Here’s why I think it’s becoming increasingly popular:

  1. Minimal Scarring: The incision is strategically placed in the natural crease of the hip, just where a waistband would typically sit. The result? A discreet scar that’s easily concealed, even in swimwear.
  2. Aesthetic Advantage: Patients appreciate the option to wear bikinis, shorts, or other revealing clothing without worrying about visible surgical scars. I’ve seen this boost confidence and body image in many patients.
  3. Psychological Well-Being: Feeling good about one’s body is a crucial aspect of mental and emotional well-being. The cosmetic appeal of a bikini-type incision can have a profoundly positive impact on a patient’s self-esteem and body confidence.


As your orthopedic surgeon, I’m here to tell you that the anterior approach with a bikini-type incision represents a significant advancement in the field of hip replacement surgery. It not only offers several medical advantages, such as faster recovery, reduced pain, and improved stability, but it also enhances the overall patient experience through its discreet and cosmetically appealing incision.

If you’re dealing with persistent hip pain due to arthritis, I encourage you to discuss the possibility of a minimally invasive anterior hip replacement with me at Orthopaedic Specialty Group. It might just be the transformative solution you’ve been looking for to regain your mobility and confidence.

Todd A. Morrison, MD

Hip & Knee Adult Reconstruction Specialist