Low Transfusion Rate Attainable in Anterior Approach Total Hip Arthroplasty Utilizing a Modern Protocol


  • Joseph Gondusky Jordan-Young Institute
  • Benjamin Campbell Thomas Jefferson University
  • Christian Coulson Eastern Virginia Medical School




anterior approach, direct anterior, primary total hip arthroplasty, total hip arthroplasty, transfusion, blood loss


Background: Transfusion is a known risk of total hip arthroplasty (THA).  It has been associated with a multitude of medical complications and increased cost.  Prior studies report transfusion rates associated with THA, with wide variation, but most cannot differentiate the surgical approach utilized.  The anterior approach (AA) for THA has been associated with increased operative time, complications, and blood loss, but little data exists regarding the actual transfusion rate associated with the approach.

Methods: We performed a retrospective review of 390 consecutive, elective, primary unilateral AA THA procedures.  Patient demographic, clinical and perioperative data was analyzed. 

A modern perioperative pathway, including a simple protocol to limit blood loss, is defined.

Results: The group consisted of a typical inpatient arthroplasty population, with wide ranges of age, body mass index (BMI), and health status.  The average age was 64.05 years (+ 10.67, range 27-94).  BMI averaged 29.76 kg/m2 (+ 5.98, range 16-47).  The majority of patients were American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) class 2 (45.6%) or 3 (50.3%), with 10 patients ASA 4 (2.6%).  Average preoperative hemoglobin was 13.48 g/dL (+ 1.47, range 9.1-18.2).  Operative time averaged 91.22 minutes (+ 14.2).  83.3% of patients received a spinal anesthetic.  Most patients were discharged on postoperative day one (93.1%) to home (99%).  Estimated blood loss averaged 264mL (+ 95.19, range 100-1000).  No patient required perioperative transfusion or readmission for symptomatic anemia within 30 days postoperative. 

Conclusion:  A modern protocol we utilize and define is capable of limiting blood loss and transfusion risk in anterior approach total hip arthroplasty. 

Author Biography

Joseph Gondusky, Jordan-Young Institute

Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Surgeon

Jordan-Young Institute

Virginia Beach, VA


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Gondusky, J., Campbell, B., & Coulson, C. . (2021). Low Transfusion Rate Attainable in Anterior Approach Total Hip Arthroplasty Utilizing a Modern Protocol. Reconstructive Review, 11(1). https://doi.org/10.15438/rr.11.1.247



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