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Everett, WA
A 50-year-old female asked:

Is there a higher incidence of femur fracture with da approach to hip replacement compared to other approaches? or is it dr experience?

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Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
Always a risk: There is always a risk of femur fracture with tha, but no greater risk with direct anterior approach, just tougher to fix when they do happen. With your age, you are at low risk for calcar fracture.
Dr. Steven Morgan
31 years experience
No: There is an association between complications of the direct anterior approach and fractures of the proximal femur. The technique is more difficult to learn then posterior exposure and there are a higher incidence of complications early in a doctors experience. Otherwise no. Fractures occur when we place the prosthesis on occasion.

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