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What is minimally invasive hip replacement surgery?

This type of surgery is just as safe and effective as traditional hip surgery, but with quicker recovery times. In comparison to traditional hip surgery, minimally invasive replacement hip surgery reduces how deep the surgeon creates an incision.

Advantages of the minimally invasive technique over traditional hip replacement

    Advancements in technology now mean less space is needed for the surgeon’s manoeuvres
    Minimally invasive hip replacements reduce trauma to the soft-tissue around the hip, often without cutting any muscle at all
    Recovery can be faster than traditional surgery with patients able to walk assisted on the day of the operation.

Why might I need a hip replacement?

Over time, the surfaces on the hip joint can start to wear. This can be caused by osteoarthritis or a previous injury to the hip.

Osteoarthritis is painful as joints become stiff and inflamed when the smooth lining between the joints gets damaged or wears away. Without the protection of this lining, the rough surfaces of your bones rub together as you move, causing the pain that is all too common to sufferers.

Simple, everyday things like going for a walk or even getting dressed become difficult. There’s no cure for osteoarthritis and it can get worse with time. However, joints can be replaced successfully, improving mobility and reducing pain.

How is the procedure performed?

  1. The procedure is performed under anaesthetic, while the patient lies on their side.
  2. Rather than cut muscles to gain access to the hip joint, the soft-tissue is simply moved aside.
  3. The prosthetics implants are fitted through the small window created between two muscles at the top of the hip.
  4. Some of the implants are aligned and impacted with an instrument inserted through an additional keyhole incision lower down the leg.

What to expect after surgery

Unlike traditional hip replacement surgery, you should aim to gently increase your movement in the weeks after surgery, including bending. As long as your hip feels comfortable, you can push a bit harder until you find your own limits. The pain you experienced pre-surgery should go away immediately, but as with any operation you will experience some post-operative pain.

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