How is the Minimally Invasive Procedure different from the Traditional Surgery?

Traditional total hip replacement requires an incision that is 10-12 inches long. In addition, the surgeon must cut and stretch the muscle and body tissues to perform the procedure. The length of the incision depends on the patient’s size and the amount of joint damage. With the minimally invasive hip replacement, the incision is much smaller (only around 2-4 inches long), and the surgeon uses specifically designed instruments so there is no need for injuring muscles and tissues.

The minimally invasive joint replacement is a technique, not a type of implant. This procedure allows the surgeon to make a smaller incision, but the implant selected is chosen to suit your individual needs.

What are the Benefits of the Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement?

Many patients and physicians choose this procedure because it can offer many benefits as compared to traditional surgery. These include:

  • Accelerated rehabilitation process
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Quicker walking
  • Less scar tissue

How do I Prepare for Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Surgery?

You should participate in physical therapy before surgery for strengthening and flexibility. In addition, the doctor will take a detailed history of your problem, perform several pre-operative tests, and take many imaging scans and x-rays. Notify the surgeon of all medications you are taking, as certain blood-thinning agents must be stopped for several days. You cannot eat or drink after midnight before the procedure, and need to leave all valuables and jewelry at home. When you arrive at the surgical center, a nurse will go over the procedure risks and benefits and have you sign a consent form.

A nurse will have you change into a gown, and place an IV catheter in your arm. You will be positioned on your back in the operating room. After you are given anesthesia, the area is shaved and cleaned with an antiseptic. With the minimally invasive total hip replacement, the surgeon makes a small incision over the outside region of the hip. The tendons and muscles are detached from the hip, so implants can be positioned. The incisions are closed with sutures, and a bandage is applied.

What can I expect After the Procedure?

You will be moved to a recovery room and monitored by nurses for 30-45 minutes. Patients are usually hospitalized for 2-3 days, during which you will begin physical therapy and rehab. Reducing post-operative pain is important for recovery, so medications are used. You are out of bed and walking within 24 hours of the procedure, with the use of a walker or crutches. A physical therapist teaches you many exercises designed to strengthen the hip and help you regain physical function.

Every patient is different and patient results may vary. Only a physician can determine the best treatment for you. There are risks and recovery times associated with surgery. Ask your doctor to explain the benefits and risk to see if MicroPort Orthopedics products are right for you.

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    Individual results and activity levels after surgery vary and depend on many factors including age, weight and prior activity level. There are risks and recovery times associated with surgery and there are certain individuals who should not undergo surgery. Please click here to read about risks associated with surgery. Only a physician can tell you if this product and associated procedure are right for you and your unique circumstances. Please consult with a physician for complete information regarding benefits, risks and possible outcomes.