What Makes a Total Hip Replacement Minimally Invasive?

When you need a hip replacement, minimally invasive techniques can be used to reduce your pain, speed your recovery, and minimize your scars.

As the U.S. population ages, undergoing hip surgery to address hip pain has become increasingly common. As joints age and osteoarthritis progresses, basic movements become more challenging. A minimally invasive total hip replacement is a great option for patients that qualify. If you would like to reduce your discomfort and recover quickly, a minimally invasive hip procedure could be the answer.

How Does a Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Differ from a Traditional Hip Replacement?

Through a traditional hip replacement surgery, the surgeon will carefully create a single, 10 to 12 inch long incision that will allow access to your hip joint. The muscles and tissues surrounding the joint have to be cut and spread apart to complete the procedure. Unfortunately, many patients have found that this more invasive technique can cause more discomfort or pain and lengthen the recovery process. A traditional hip replacement also leaves a larger scar.

minimally invasive total hip replacement focuses on providing the same results with less trauma to the surrounding tissue. Instead of requiring one larger incision, this alternative generally calls for one smaller incision to gain access to the hip joint. While the muscles and tendons will still have to be moved, fewer muscles will be cut or detached in comparison to a traditional hip replacement.

What You Can Expect from a Minimally Invasive Procedure

If you qualify for a minimally invasive procedure, you can expect a 3-to-6 inch scar, depending upon your weight, height, and how demanding the surgery may be. This incision will be made along the outer portion of your hip to give your surgeon access to your hip socket and femoral head. The surgeon will then replace this joint with an implant and reattach the muscles to encourage healing.

Whether you undergo a traditional or minimally invasive hip replacement, the recovery time following your hip surgery will range between 1 and 4 days in the hospital followed by months of rehabilitation depending on your needs and available resources. Physical therapy or just walking will help you restore the strength and function of your joints in your daily activities and assist you in adjusting to life with your new hip.

Are You a Candidate for Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery?

To determine if you qualify, your doctor will perform an extensive evaluation to see if you are a good physical candidate and demonstrate a commitment to the rehabilitation regimen following the procedure. These factors indicate that you will be more likely to achieve a successful outcome with a less invasive surgical technique. If you have undergone past hip replacements or have a high risk health problem, these factors will not make you a good candidate for the procedure.

Advanced technology means that getting a hip replacement no longer causes the serious pain and discomfort that accompany a traditional surgery. The minimally invasive procedure can help reduce pain and recovery time. For more information about undergoing minimally invasive total hip replacement surgery, contact Arkansas Surgical Hospital by calling 800.901.0307 so you can schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic surgeons.

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