The anterior, anterolateral, direct lateral, transtrochanteric, and posterior techniques have historically been the surgical approach to a total hip arthroplasty; however, a forthcoming technique called the direct anterior approach has been demonstrated to produce many patient and physician quality outcomes. These favorable outcomes can include shorter hospital stay, earlier mobility and functionality, decreased medical costs, and increased patient satisfaction scores. Appropriate nursing care during the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative phases is essential. The purpose of this article is to describe the nursing care for a patient undergoing a direct anterior approach to hip arthroplasty.
Candy Mori, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, ONC, Medical–Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist, Wooster Community Hospital, Wooster, OH.
Danny Hageman, BSN, RN, CNOR, RNFA, Surgical Nurse, Wooster Community Hospital, Wooster, OH.
Katie Zimmerly, RN, CNOR, RNFA, Surgical Nurse, Wooster Community Hospital, Wooster, OH.
The authors and planners do not have any potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.