The Anterior Hip Foundation (AHF) is devoted to the continuous advancement of the anterior approach hip surgical technique, the development and refinement of associated medical device technologies, and the furtherance of educational programs and training courses for physicians to continue improving patient care.
The AHF is supported through donations, grants, and the generosity of our physician Members and Professional corporate subscribers.
First performed by Dr. Robert Judet in 1947, the anterior approach hip replacement procedure has emerged in recent years as the preferred surgical technique for patients due to its multitude of advantages, including:
- Reduced risk of difficult complications such as dislocation
- Reduced blood loss
- Faster recovery of activities of daily living
- Improved range of motion
- Better ability to ascend and descend stairs
Nearly 400,000 patients undergo a total hip arthroplasty in the USA each year, and this procedure is widely recognized as one of the most economically and clinically successful surgeries of its kind. The large body of peer reviewed research and clinical studies examining the results of anterior approach total hip arthroplasty continues to expand and today it is believed that nearly 33% of all THA procedures performed in the USA are done via the anterior approach.
For many years, the anterior approach hip replacement surgery was performed without the benefit of highly specialized, procedure-specific instruments that are available today. As the surgical technique and surgical process continued to improve, new methods of preserving muscle, reducing tissue injury, and optimizing component placement were invented and made available to orthopedic physicians.
Today, the most reproducible and consistent method of performing an anterior approach hip replacement consists of several key technologies. The AHF Preferred Technology™ signifies support from the Anterior Hip Foundation. The Medical Enterprises Distribution ME1000 Impact System is the first and only product to hold the mark of AHF Preferred Technology™.
The Anterior Hip Foundation (AHF) was created to be the world’s foremost incubator for the anterior approach total hip arthroplasty procedure. Founded by global thought leader and anterior approach pioneer Dr. Joel Matta of Santa Monica, CA, the AHF is a collaborative enterprise created by orthopedic surgeons to continue improving patient care…one anterior approach total hip arthroplasty at a time.
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