Smith-Petersen Approach to the Hip

Daniel J. Johnson, Ronak M. Patel, Michael D. Stover*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The anterior open approach to the hip is a muscle-sparing exposure that preserves the blood supply to the native femoral head. From its earliest description, the anterior open approach has been utilized for multiple indications including irrigation of the hip joint, surgical dislocations of the hip, and total hip arthroplasty (THA). Modifications to the true Hueter or Smith-Petersen anterior approach have led to fewer complications with the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. This chapter will describe the surgical technique for the modified Hueter/Smith-Petersen anterior approach to the hip.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHip Arthroscopy and Hip Joint Preservation Surgery
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9783030432409
ISBN (Print)9783030432393
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • Anterior approach
  • Direct anterior
  • Hueter
  • Muscle sparing
  • Smith-Petersen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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