Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Surgery

Total hip replacement (also called hip arthroplasty) is a common yet major orthopedic surgery. Replacing the hip joint with an implant or “prosthesis” by minimally invasive hip replacement surgery will relieve pain and improve mobility so that you can resume your normal, everyday activities.

The traditional surgery for total hip replacement uses a single, 10 to 12 inch long incision to access the hip joint.  Orthopedic surgeons now prefer the minimally invasive approach for hip replacement procedures in which one or two small incisions of 3 to 4 inches are made. The goal of minimally invasive hip replacement using shorter incisions is to reduce the pain and speed up the recovery. Unlike traditional total hip replacement surgery, minimally invasive surgery may not be suitable for all patients.

Consult the best orthopedic surgeons at Pristyn Care and decide on the best surgical options for a total hip replacement for you. The minimally invasive hip replacement surgery involves minimal pain, lesser muscle dissection, quicker recovery, and better mobility.

Why might I need a total hip replacement?

A patient might be suggested a total hip replacement surgery if he or she had had significant damage to the hip joint. Various health conditions can damage this joint, including-

  • Injury or fracture of the hip joint
  • Bone tumor in the hip joint
  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Such damage to the hip joint might be severely painful and may even interfere with your normal daily lifestyle and activities. The minimally invasive hip replacement surgery can help get relief from the constant pain, improve your overall mobility, and improve the overall quality of life. Minimally invasive hip replacement surgery is usally recommended to a patient if he or she still has significant problems after trying other, more non-surgical treatment options.  

Consult the best orthopedic surgeons at Pristyn Care who specialize in minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries such as minimally invasive knee replacement surgery, ACL reconstruction surgery, carpal tunnel release surgery, etc. Speak to an expert orthopedic surgeon about the benefits and risks of undergoing a minimally invasive hip replacement instead of traditional open surgery. A minimally invasive hip replacement surgery uses a smaller incision of about 4 inches, which is nearly half, as compared to an open hip replacement surgery.  

Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement vs. Traditional Hip Replacement Open surgery

Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Surgery

  • Smaller incisions: The traditional hip replacement open surgery is performed through a large incision of 10 or 12-inch, whereas, in minimally invasive hip replacement surgery, the surgeon will make a small incision of 4 to 6 inch-incision.
  • Less cutting of muscles and tendons: During a minimally invasive hip replacement surgery, there is lesser damage to the surrounding structures. In fact, there is virtually no cutting of the muscles or tendons.
  • Reduced Blood Loss: Due to a smaller size of the incision made and lesser cutting of tissues, there is lesser blood loss and almost no need for blood transfusion during the minimally invasive hip replacement surgery.
  • Minimal Postoperative Pain: Due to minimal injury to the adjacent healthy tissue, the patient will have less pain and an easier postoperative recovery phase after minimally invasive hip replacement surgery.
  • Shorter Hospital Stays:  After traditional hip replacement, the patient usually needs to spend 4-5 days or longer in the hospital. Minimally invasive hip replacement is an outpatient procedure and the patient can go back home the same day after the procedure. 
  • Minimal Scarring:  As small incision is made during the minimally invasive hip replacement surgery, the scar after the surgery and recovery will be less.  
  • Faster Healing: As no surrounding tendons or muscles are cut during the minimally invasive hip replacement, there is adequate support and stability to the new implant. Thus, patients is likely to recover faster and back return to their daily routine soon after undergoing the minimally invasive hip replacement surgery.

Final Words

Minimally invasive hip replacement surgery is designed to reduce the tissue trauma associated with total hip replacement. This surgery is performed with small incisions of 4 to 6 inches. Less trauma to the surrounding tissues results in less discomfort and pain after surgery and quicker recovery.

Minimally invasive hip replacement surgery is the primary procedure used for total hip replacement patients at Pristyn Care. The benefit of a speedy recovery, early return to normal functions, such as driving, and exercise can be extremely beneficial for the patients.  

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