Repair of Symptomatic Partial Gluteus Medius Tear During Total Hip Arthroplasty Through the Direct Anterior Approach


Gluteus medius (GM) tears are a well-established source of pain and disability. Considering previous studies, which have reported rates of incidental GM tears in 20% of patients undergoing primary total hip arthroplasty (THA) and a 3-fold greater rate in elderly female patients, additional focus should be placed on identifying treatment options. The direct anterior approach (DAA) for primary THA has gained popularity within the past few years. However, there has been a paucity in the literature on how to address symptomatic and partial GM tears through this approach. The purpose of this Technical Note is to describe a method to repair partial GM tears during primary THA using the DAA.

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