When you think about hip replacements, your first thoughts may be a huge, invasive surgery that takes months of recovery. Thanks to modern medical technology, there is now a minimally invasive hip replacement option that you could qualify for. There are several benefits to this type of hip replacement, including the following:
The Incision Is Smaller
A traditional hip replacement requires a very long incision, typically several inches long, across your leg. With a minimally invasive approach, the incision is much smaller. The procedure can be completed with an incision no more than a couple of inches long.
Less Cutting of Tendons and Muscle Tissues
One of the biggest downfalls to a traditional hip replacement is the cutting of important tendons and muscle tissues. A minimally invasive hip replacement goes through an anterior approach. This results in almost no cutting of tendons or muscles.
Less Loss of Blood
Another benefit is the reduction in blood loss. The surgical site is smaller and requires fewer cuts. This leads to a reduced loss of blood and lessens the need for a blood transfusion during the surgery.
Less Pain After Surgery
Because the surgeon does not have to cut through a lot of tissue and the incision is smaller, there is less pain after surgery. You also may not need as much pain medication once you go home from the hospital.
Your Hospital Stay Is Shorter
In most cases, a minimally invasive hip replacement surgery can be done on an outpatient basis. This means you get to go home the same day as your surgery. If you do have to stay in the hospital, your stay should only be a day or so, depending on how well you are doing. Traditional hip replacements typically require several days to recover in the hospital.
Traditional hip replacement surgeries leave a long scar that is difficult to hide. Because your incision is short, you should not have a noticeable scar after your surgery.
You Heal Faster
During a minimally invasive hip replacement, you will not endure as much trauma to your hip area and the surrounding structures. This allows you to heal more quickly and get back into your daily routine sooner.
Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for minimally invasive hip replacement surgery. You and your orthopedic surgeon will have to carefully evaluate your hip condition and risk factors before a decision on your surgery will occur.