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Minimally Invasive Surgery

Small Incisions Offer Big Potential Benefits

Two of the most significant advances in total hip replacement are the most prominent minimally invasive techniques—mini-incision and direct two-incision. Minimally invasive hip replacement allows surgeons to implant traditional hip components through one or two small (1.5 to 4 inch) incisions rather than the traditional 10 to 12 inch incision. The goal of minimally invasive hip replacement is to minimize the amount of soft tissue damage that occurs when a surgeon reconstructs a hip. The potential benefits of this approach include:

  • Less bleeding during surgery
  • Less post-operative pain
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Smaller scars for improved cosmetics

The Mini-Incision Technique
The mini-incision technique is similar to the traditional hip replacement, but the one skin incision made is very small (3 to 4 inches). Through careful positioning of the surgical incision, trauma to soft-tissue structures such as skin and muscle can be reduced through the mini-incision technique. Because less skin, muscle, and other soft tissues are involved, patients can potentially recover quicker, spend fewer days in the hospital, and return to their active lives sooner.

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