Smith & Nephew DAA Course

Event Description


DAA Training Cadaver Workshop
Current Concepts in Hip Arthroplasty
Direct Anterior Approach – Lateral Decubitus Position


The direct anterior approach for hip arthroplasty surgery can be approached using 3 different approaches, namely: using a traction table, the supine approach and the lateral decubitus approach. Smith & Nephew believes that the lateral decubitus approach offers numerous benefits:

  • It is a minimally invasive approach to the hip joint
  • The technique is performed on a regular operation table; there is no need for a specific orthopaedic table and traction of the leg is not required.
  • Most of the instruments used for this procedure are standard instruments; the acetabular reamer and positioner are angled and are especially useful when performing hip arthroplasty in obese patients.
  • The approach provides a clear view of the acetabulum, the proximal femur and the important natural landmarks for effective implant positioning.
  • No tendons or muscles are cut or detached as the approach follows the interval between the tensor muscle and the sartorious and rectus femoris muscles.
  • The joint capsule is split and left in place. The hip joint is not dislocated and the osteotomy of the femoral neck is performed in situ.

Smith & Nephew is offering a DAA training program that will take experienced hip arthroplasty surgeons on an educational journey to master the direct anterior approach for hip arthroplasty.

Please See the Attachment for the Course Programme

Smith & Nephew Abdo Course