Hip replacement surgery has long been regarded as one of the safest and most effective treatments for people with severe arthritic damage to the hip joint. By replacing damaged parts of the hip with durable prosthetic implants, our surgeons can help you achieve reduced hip pain and increased mobility for many years after surgery. With advances in surgical techniques and equipment, minimally invasive hip replacement surgery can now be performed.
As leading experts in the field of joint preservation surgery, the orthopedic surgeons at the Joint Surgery Center of Excellence possess extensive training in the most advanced hip replacement techniques. Our team of joint surgery specialists is committed to providing comprehensive and individualized treatment plans, which translate to better outcomes and exceptional patient satisfaction.
For more information on minimally invasive hip replacement or to schedule a consultation with a Los Angeles orthopedic surgeon, you may contact us by calling (888) 318-2842.
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Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Surgery Candidates
Patients who experience chronic and debilitating hip pain that is not relieved by conservative treatment may be good candidates for total hip replacement surgery. The minimal incision approach performed by our expert hip surgeons can be particularly beneficial to patients who are young and healthy and wish to return to an active lifestyle after surgery.
Details of the Procedure
While similar to traditional hip replacement, minimally invasive total hip replacement utilizes a slightly different surgical approach, which reduces damage to surrounding tissue. After placing you under general anesthesia, your surgeon will make either one 3-6 inch incision or two 2-3 inch incisions. During the single-incision approach, the incision is made over the outside of the hip and allows for placement of the entire joint prosthetic. A two-incision approach utilizes a small incision above the groin to insert and fix the artificial socket. A separate incision over the buttock allows for placement of the ball and stem implant. The smaller incisions will allow your surgeon to work around muscles and tendons rather than detaching them or cutting through large areas of soft tissue.
After removing damaged cartilage and bone from the hip joint, the metal implant is fixed into the femur and hip socket, and a plastic spacer is inserted to ensure smooth joint movement. The prosthetic equipment used for a minimally invasive hip replacement is the same as that utilized for the traditional hip arthroplasty. Muscles and tendons around the hip joint that were cut or split during the procedure are then repaired to encourage healing and prevent dislocation of the hip. Once the joint implant is in place, X-ray images will be taken to ensure proper alignment, and the incision will be closed with sutures.
Advantages of a Minimally Invasive Approach
The primary benefit of undergoing minimally invasive total hip replacement is reduced trauma to tissue surrounding the hip. The approach used by our orthopedic hip surgeons avoids cutting major muscles in the buttocks and thigh, tissue that would have been severed in the traditional hip replacement procedure. As a result, patients will experience:
- Less scar tissue formation
- Less pain following surgery
- Reduced risk of complications after surgery
- Shorter stay in hospital and quicker recovery
Recovery from Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement
The majority of patients undergoing minimally invasive total hip replacement can return home within 24 hours of surgery. While in recovery, you will be given pain-relieving medication and encouraged to rest your hip while the incisions heal. Some sort of walking support, such as crutches or a cane, will be necessary for several weeks after surgery to reduce the risk of falling and damaging the prosthetic. Rehabilitation from a hip replacement will begin shortly after surgery to help promote blood flow, regain mobility, and speed up the recovery process.
Best Hip Replacement Surgeons
The Joint Surgery Center of Excellence houses a team of highly skilled orthopedic surgeons specializing in joint replacement surgery. Our expert hip surgeons are trained in the most advanced minimally invasive hip procedures and are leaders in the field of joint preservation. Our surgeons’ unparalleled technical expertise helps ensure the best results and optimal recovery for our patients.
If you are experiencing chronic hip pain, you may be eligible for minimally invasive total hip replacement. To schedule a consultation with one of our renowned orthopedic hip surgeons, contact us at (888) 318-2842.
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