Hip replacement has long been considered one of the most successful operations in orthopedic medicine. As a result, over 200,000 hip replacements are performed each year in the United States. Hip replacement surgery restores joint function for up to 20 years and provides invaluable relief to patients with chronic arthritic pain.
The success of traditional hip replacement has led some doctors to wonder why pursue minimally invasive alternatives? One new study has convincingly countered this question with a measurable advantage for minimally invasive surgery – speeding up recovery time for patients.
The study, published in the journal Value in Health, shows that the minimally invasive approach to hip replacement significantly reduces length of hospital stay (by about two to three days) compared with traditional hip replacement surgery. Faster recovery is likely due to advanced surgical techniques that minimize tissue damage during the procedure.
Advantages of Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement
Minimally invasive (MI) hip replacement is a surgical technique used to reduce pain and restore mobility to patients suffering debilitating hip arthritis. The Hip Surgery Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills offers orthopedic surgeons expertly trained in this minimally invasive procedure.
During the procedure, our surgeons replace damaged bone and cartilage with an artificial socket that is fixed to the pelvic bone. Next, the top of the thigh bone is replaced by a metallic ball to create a ball-and-socket joint that functions just like a natural hip joint.
Using minimally invasive techniques, the surgeon avoids cutting major muscles in the buttocks and thigh, tissue that would have been severed in the traditional hip replacement procedure procedure. The minimally invasive hip replacement surgery begins with an incision about 3-6 inches long. Compare this with the 10-12 inch incision of a traditional hip replacement surgery, and you can see why MI hip replacement might be more aesthetically appealing.
Other advantages of the MI approach include:
- Less trauma to muscles
- Less scar tissue formation
- Reduced risk of dislocation after surgery
- Shorter stay in hospital and quicker recovery
Recovery from a Hip Replacement Procedure
Though recovery time in the hospital following surgery is relatively short for this procedure, it requires several months of rehabilitation. Physical therapy for the hip will begin shortly after surgery to promote blood flow, regain mobility and speed up the recovery process. To avoid dislocating the joint, patients should avoid crossing their legs or bending their hips more than 90 degrees. Depending on age and specific condition, many normal activities can be resumed within a month of the surgery. Your surgeon will advise you on the best course of rehab and provide a more accurate recovery time.
Speak with a Hip Surgeon Today
The Hip Surgery Center of Excellence houses some of the most talented hip surgeons in Beverly Hills, each trained in cutting-edge minimally invasive procedures. If you have specific questions about minimally invasive hip surgery, please contact our hip surgeons and schedule an appointment. To speak with an orthopedic surgeon at the Hip Surgery Center of Excellence, please call us at (888) 760-3378.