I am 40 years old & healthy weight. I have an upcoming THR surgery scheduled for 12/19/17. I was told initially that my surgery would be anterior approach; I found out today that my surgeon only does posterior approach.
I’d ever so much appreciate your feedback about the following:
1) Among runners, is there a preferred approach, anterior or posterior?
2) Is it true that both approaches have about the same outcome?
3) How bad/long/sunken are the posterior scars? From where to where exactly are the anterior scars? Is there a specific place on this site or other sites where I can review pics of scars and compare?
The doc today was quite irritated and dismissive about any of my questions related to anterior THR. “I don’t do that, so I’m not going to answer that.” I managed to arrange a consult with the one doctor at Mayo Clinic who performs anterior THRs before my surgery day so I can call off the posterior surgery if needed. This, of course, would be quite stressful as I’ve arranged my life to recover from surgery over the holidays.
I’m not sure why I fear the posterior scar as much as I do. I have an ACL scar that has never bothered me at all. Given that I am female and curvy, I just don’t want a surgery that would noticeably deform my figure, and I have some concerns about the butt muscle being “split.”
4) Is a split glut muscle a big deal, or not a big deal?
5) The doc said today that the anterior scar is much uglier than the posterior scar. Is that true?
All feedback/advice is much appreciated! Please and thank you.