Dr. Gregory Brick and Dr. John Ready are experienced in using the anterior approach in hip replacements, a technique that has demonstrated reduced length of hospital stay, less risk of dislocation, faster recovery, and less post-operative pain.

Contributors: Dr. Gregory Brick and Dr. John Edward Ready are orthopaedic surgeons in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). Dr. James D. Kang is Chairman of the Department.

Orthopaedic surgeons have several ways of reaching the hip joint during a hip replacement surgery. The traditional technique, known as the “posterior” approach, reaches the hip joint through the buttock muscles. Less commonly used is the “anterior” approach, which makes a small incision at the front of the hip. Only 15 percent of surgeons in the U.S. employ the anterior approach, and few surgeons in Boston use the method.

Currently, the only surgeons in the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program to use the anterior approach are Dr. Gregory Brick and Dr. John Edward Ready – orthopaedic surgeons in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at BWH. They use the anterior approach in 95 percent of their hip replacement surgeries.     Read More »