A minimally invasive hip replacement is a surgical technique in which a small surgical cut 3 to 6 inches long is used to perform hip arthroplasty. Compared to a traditional hip replacement surgery that requires a cut 10 to 12 inches long, a minimally invasive hip replacement surgery can provide numerous advantages for the patient including less pain, less muscle damage, a smaller scar and faster rehabilitation. Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) limits the size of the incision to a length that is more managable during recovery.
There are numerous conditions that can lead to hip pain and disability, which may require replacement of the hip. Most hip replacements are necessitated by arthritis or injury. Some of the benefits of minimally invasive hip replacement surgery include less movement of muscles and tissues by the surgeon, and fewer muscles needing to be cut or detached. Typically, the best candidates for the surgery are younger and thinner individuals.
An orthopedic surgeon will inquire about symptoms and perform a physical examination to diagnose hip arthritis and other hip conditions. The surgeon may also take X-rays to view the wear and loss of cartilage in the hip socket.
Our orthopedic surgeons at La Peer Health Systems in Beverly Hills are leading experts in their field and formulate individualized treatment plans for patients with all different types of hip conditions, including a broken hip. Patients who opt to visit our world-renowned facilities receive an unparalleled quality of service and care. They also benefit from our knowledge and expertise in the very latest minimally invasive hip surgery procedures.
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During Your Surgical Procedure
Though the artificial implants used in minimally invasive hip arthroplasty are the same as those used in traditional hip arthroplasty, MIS requires specially designed instruments to prepare the hip socket and place the implants correctly. During the procedure, an incision is placed on the outside of the hip and the muscles and tendons are either split or detached. This splitting and detaching is done to a much less extent than during traditional hip replacement surgery. After the implant has been placed, the surgeon repairs the muscles and tendons. Once this has been completed, the surgeon can close the incision.
Recovery from MIS
Studies have shown that minimally invasive hip arthroplasty makes the recovery process faster and easier. This type of surgery may only require a one to two day hospital stay compared to a traditional hip replacement surgery that requires four to five days. Some patients are even able to go home the day of surgery. Physical therapy for the hip will begin shortly after surgery to promote blood flow, regain mobility and speed up the recovery process. Exercises will be taught to the patient so they can perform them at home.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will I need help walking after hip arthroplasty?
Some patients may need crutches, a cane, or walker to help them get around.
Q: How long before I can drive a car after hip arthroplasty?
Each patient’s recovery time will vary, but most people should be able to drive an automatic car after 2 weeks.
Q: Are there potential complications associated with hip replacement surgery?
Complications are uncommon, but can occur during and after surgery. Some complications include blood clots, infection, implant breakage and malalignment.
Q: Does minimally invasive hip arthroplasty leave less of a scar than traditional hip arthroplasty?
Yes. One of the advantages is that the procedure produces less scar tissue.
Contact an Orthopedic Hip Surgeon
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Additional information on minimally invasive hip replacement can be found on the American Acacdemy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
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