Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement
Hip replacement may be recommended for individuals whose case of hip injury or hip arthritis prevents them from participating in sports or performing normal, everyday activities due to pain and limited mobility. Hip replacement surgery, also referred to as hip arthroplasty, is a fairly common procedure designed to remove the injured, painful sections of your hip and replace them with plastic or metal prosthesis or implant.
The artificial joint comprises a metal stem and artificial ball to replace the damaged head of the thigh bone, and a metal cup and prosthetic liner to replace the damaged pelvis socket. This setup allows smooth movement of the hip joint, allowing you to enjoy pain relief and improved range of motion.
Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement vs. Traditional
The conventional approach to hip joint replacement requires the surgeon to make one, long incision, measuring about 9 inches, to view and access the damaged hip joint. Minimally invasive surgery, on the other hand, requires two small incisions measuring 1-3 inches each - one to insert the camera and light to view the damaged tissues on a video monitor and the other to insert the surgical instruments to repair the damage. If only one incision is used, then it will measure between 3 and 6 inches, which is still much smaller than 9-12 inches required for the traditional approach.
Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Recovery
During your hip replacement surgery, Dr. Rajan M. Patel will cut and remove the damaged bone tissue, along with some of the surrounding soft tissues. With MIS, fewer tissues around the hip are removed, which is one of the reasons why you heal and recover faster than with traditional surgery. Moreover, MIS techniques use local anesthetic blocks, regional anesthesia, and accelerated rehabilitation to reduce pain, minimize tissue damage, provide patients with speedy recovery, and reduce hospital stay to a maximum of 48 hours.
Minimally Invasive Hip Surgeon Beverly Hills & Los Angeles
Although hip replacement surgery is a fairly common procedure, and there are new techniques and instruments that help to increase the chances of success, you should keep in mind that any surgery is technically demanding, and you’re more likely to have a positive result if you have an experienced surgeon and team. Furthermore, there are factors that make MIS too risky for some patients, so your surgeon should conduct a comprehensive assessment to determine your candidature for MIS.
To find out whether you’re a good candidate for minimally invasive hip replacement surgery, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Rajan M. Patel in Beverly Hills & Los Angeles.