Significant advances in medical and science technology have allowed for an entirely new hip joint to be placed by a small and simple incision. This may seem like something of the future but these advances have made it possible in today’s medical world! When performed by a well-trained and experienced surgeon, the benefits of undergoing minimally invasive hip replacement are numerous:
Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Procedures
- Smaller Incisions: The more traditional route for surgeons is to make a single 10 or 12-inch incision in the hip. However a minimally invasive hip replacement can be performed through a 4 to 6 inch-incision leaving less of a scar and a shorter healing period.
- Less Cutting of Muscles and Tendons: With less cutting, there is less damage to surrounding structures. In fact, with the anterior approach minimally invasive hip replacement, there is virtually no cutting of muscles or tendons.
- Reduced Blood Loss: With a smaller surgical incision and minimal cutting of the tissue, leaves less of a chance of the patient needing a blood transfusion during surgery.
- Minimal Postoperative Pain: When an anterior approach is taken, there is less risk for an injury to the surrounding healthy tissue. This results in less pain and makes the patient less likely to need pain medication during the postoperative phase of treatment.
- Shorter Hospital Stays: One of the best highlights of the minimally invasive approach is that the hip replacement can be performed as an outpatient procedure opposed to the traditional method which would require you a 4-5 day stay in the hospital before released.
- Less Post Surgical Scarring: As the incision is small, in some cases, the scar may be small enough to be concealed by a bikini or underwear.
- Faster Healing: With the minimally invasive approach, the tendons and surrounding muscles are not cut and they provide adequate support and stability to the implant therefore patients can recover faster and return to their daily routine.
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Unfortunately, minimally invasive hip replacement is not for everyone. The procedure may not be suitable for those with very fleshy or muscular thighs, hips, and buttocks as well as those who have undergone a previous hip replacement or have severe hip deformity.
If you have been suffering from hip pain and have mobility problems, speak with our Atlanta orthopedic doctors to find out if you are a candidate for this minimally invasive approach. Call us today at (404) 855-2141.