Benefits to Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement
Thanks to medical science and technology, it is now possible to get fitted with a completely new hip joint through a small incision. As you can imagine, the benefits of minimally invasive hip replacement are tremendous.
In this blog, we’re going to go over some benefits of minimally invasive hip replacement. Speaking with an orthopedic surgeon is the best way to get all possible benefits, but here are a few common benefits of minimally invasive hip replacement:
Smaller Incisions: Minimally invasive hip replacement can be performed through a 4 to 6 inch-incision. This is very small compared to a traditional hip replacement procedure, which is performed through a single 10 or 12-inch incision.
Less Cutting of Tendons and Muscles: There is almost no cutting of muscles or tendons with the anterior approach to minimally invasive hip replacement. This helps to avoid damage to surrounding structures.
Reduced Blood Loss: There are less blood loss and minimal need for blood transfusion during surgery due to the smaller size of the surgical incision and less cutting of tissue.
Minimal Postoperative Pain: Patients often experience less pain and are less likely to need strong doses of pain medication during the postoperative recovery phase. This is due to the reduced injury to adjacent healthy tissue.
Shorter Hospital Stays: In some cases, minimally invasive hip replacement may be performed as an outpatient procedure, and you could be allowed to return home on the same day as the surgery or within a day or two. After traditional hip replacement, you usually spend 4-5 days or longer in the hospital before discharge.
Less Postsurgical Scarring: The postsurgical scar formation at the site of the incision will be less due to the smaller surgical incision.
Faster Healing: Patients tend to recover faster because the tendons and surrounding muscles are not cut during the minimally invasive hip replacement.
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Are you suffering from hip pain? Make an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists today to start your healing journey. OrthoArizona has nearly two dozen offices throughout the Valley, each focused on quality care, compassion, and excellent customer service. Since 1994, OrthoArizona has been dedicated to compassionate care of the highest quality.
The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and are not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational, medical material.