Education: Total Hip Replacement
Minimally invasive total hip surgery is a technical advancement in
the art of hip surgery that allows hip replacement to be performed
through a much smaller incision than has been used in the past. More
important, the amount of dissection and disruption of the deeper tissues,
muscles, ligaments and tendons is also much less. The possible advantages
include less bleeding, less pain, faster healing and a more stable
and stronger hip. In the past, total hip incisions were often 8 to
10 inches long. With new techniques incisions may be even less than
3 inches in length.
The procedure may be performed with many different kinds of hip prostheses,
but is usually done with high performance cementless implants. This
surgery is best performed by an experienced surgeon with the specialized
training and instrumentation for the technique.
Total hip patients of any age or weight may qualify for all or some
aspects of this technique, but not all patients are candidates. Prior
hip surgery, congenital and other kinds of structural hip problems
that require more extensive tissue release or exposure may need more
traditional surgical approaches.