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A Minimally Invasive Approach to Hip Replacement

anterior approach

The anterior approach is an innovative and minimally invasive procedure that can offer several advantages for patients who qualify for this approach. 


Potential Benefits of the Anterior Approach:
  • Less trauma to the body
  • Smaller incision
  • Potentially less pain
  • Less tissue disruption, may lead to faster rehabilitation
  • Fewer restrictions during recovery

Highland Hospital's surgeons are experts in offering the anterior approach to hip replacement, an alternative approach that can minimize damage to tissue and is amenable to rapid recovery. 


Specializing in anterior approach to total hip replacement

Christopher J. Drinkwater, M.D.Christopher J. Drinkwater, M.D
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at URMC

Dr. Drinkwater specializes in modem joint replacement techniques including minimally invasive surgery, computer assisted surgery, hip resurfacing, and partial knee replacement.

Dr. Drinkwater earned his medical degree from the Australia University of New South Wales. He then completed his fellowship in Arthroscopic Surgery and Sports Medicine at The Institute for Bone and Joint Disorders, and a consecutive fellowship in Adult Reconstruction and Orthopaedic Research at Orthopaedics International ltd.

Phone: (585) 275-5321

Gillian Soles, M.D.Gillian Soles, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics.

Dr. Soles specializes in the surgical treatment of orthopaedic trauma and fractures, periacetabular osteotomy, and anterior approach total hip replacement.

Dr. Soles earned her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed her orthopaedic surgery residency at Boston Medical Center. Following her residency, she completed a fellowship in Orthopaedic Trauma at UC Davis Medical Center. Dr. Soles then completed a second fellowship with Dr. Joel Matta at the Hip and Pelvis Institute at St. John’s Health Center in pelvic and acetabular fracture reconstruction, periacetabular osteotomy, and anterior approach total hip replacement.

Phone: (585) 275-5321