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Which hip replacement procedures are best and least invasive?

By October 3, 2011 - 9:39pm
 
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Hi Haver,

Thank you for your question.

There are two types of hip replacement surgeries: Total Hip Replacement and Minimally invasive Total Hip Replacement:

Total Hip Replacement
The doctor will make an incision along your joint. The muscles will be moved aside. The damaged bone and cartilage of the hip joint will be removed. The doctor will then prepare the remaining bone for the prosthesis. The new plastic and metal joint will be placed in position. Depending on the type of prosthesis, the doctor may use bone cement to hold one or both parts of the artificial hip firmly to your bone. Lastly, the incision will be closed with stitches or staples.

Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement
This surgery may be done with one or two incisions.

For both types, special tools are used that fit into these small incisions. In some cases, x-rays will be used to help guide the doctor.

For the one-incision surgery, the doctor will make an incision over the outside of your hip. The doctor will move the muscles and tendons out of the way. Next, the damaged bone and cartilage of the hip joint will be removed. The doctor will prepare the remaining bone for the prosthesis. The new plastic and metal joint will then be placed in position. Depending on the type of prosthesis, bone cement may be used to hold the artificial hip in place. Lastly, the incision will be closed with staples or stitches.

In a two-incision surgery, the doctor will make an incision over the groin and another over the buttock. The above process will then be followed.

Please speak with your orthopedic surgeon about the best option for you.

http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/hip-replacement

Hope this helps,

Rosa

October 4, 2011 - 7:19am
(reply to Rosa Cabrera RN)

Thank you Rosa, do you know if the less invasive takes a special piece of equipment for the surgery. I've been told that in Phoenix there are only a couple of doctors who can do this surgery and have access to this equipment? Many thanks, Joyce haver

October 5, 2011 - 4:35pm
(reply to haver)

Haver,

Specially designed instruments are needed to prepare the socket and femur and to place the implants properly in the minimally invasive procedure. Unfortunately, there are limited amount of surgeons willing to do this type of surgery. You will have to contact those who do and schedule an appointment to see if you are a candidate for the less invasive procedure.

Good Luck!

Rosa

October 6, 2011 - 6:36am
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