Oftentimes, when people hear about hip replacement surgery they think of large incisions and long recovery times. However, our very own Atlanta orthopedic doctors specialize in a minimally invasive technique which allows for a much smaller incision which comes with many other added benefits!
Understanding The Value
Less is better: When our doctors perform the minimally invasive procedure, the new hip is inserted in a 4 to 6 inch incision, versus a 10 to 12 inch incision using the traditional method.
Less Risk to Surrounding areas: When the minimally invasive approach is used, there becomes less of a chance of the surrounding muscles or tendons from becoming damaged during the surgery.
Minimal Blood Loss: When there is less cutting involved in the surgery, the risk for needing a blood transfusion becomes minimal.
Less Pain: With less chance of injury to surrounding tissues, there is less of a chance the patient will need heavy doses of pain medication following the procedure.
Less Time in the Hospital: When the minimally invasive approach is used, the amount of time one needs to remain in the hospital is drastically reduced. Some patients are even able to go home the same day or the following day whereas a traditional hip replacement can have you in the hospital for almost 4 to 5 days.
Minimal Scarring: With surgery, comes some form of scarring, but with this minimal approach, the site of the incision is much smaller than that of a traditional surgery and can often be covered up by even a bikini or underwear.
Faster Healing: With the minimally invasive hip surgery, the surrounding areas such as the muscles and tendons are spared from being cut which means they can provide the support for the new hip joint and allow for a faster turnaround in regards to healing.
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With every surgery, there are always risks. For those patients who may have muscular thighs or for those have already had a hip replacement, or suffer from a hip deformity, this procedure may not be the safest option for you.
If you have been suffering with chronic hip pain and have wondered if now is the time to finally have the surgery, call our Atlanta orthopedic doctors to learn more about this minimally invasive approach and to see if it’s right for you! Call us today at (404) 855-2141 to schedule an appointment.