Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement (cont.)
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Next Steps after Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement
A person who is contemplating hip replacement surgery should become informed. Ask friends who have had a similar procedure about their experience. This may help in choosing a hospital and a surgeon. Then, spend some time exploring the World Wide Web. A wealth of information concerning minimally invasive hip replacement surgery is available on the Internet. Be a smart consumer and keep in mind that the Internet is largely unregulated in terms of the quality of information. Some of this information may amount to self-promotion by surgeons, implant companies, hospitals, and other parties. An intelligent health-care consumer must decide the quality of the information. See Web Links for some trusted sources.
After researching on the Internet, discuss the procedure with a physician and orthopedist. They will know who in the community offers the newer minimally invasive techniques. Every community is also served by teaching hospitals, where orthopedic surgeons who specialize in hip or knee replacement often receive inquiries from far away, including other countries, and enjoy exchanging their opinions and perspectives.
Procedures like minimally invasive joint replacement surgery are first developed and tested at academic medical centers. There are excellent private practice groups that are fully versed in new methods of surgery and testing their effectiveness as well.
Once prepared, make an appointment with a doctor. If the doctor has a Web site, review it before the office visit. Make a list of questions ahead of time, so that all concerns are addressed. Make sure to be comfortable with the doctor you choose. The doctor should encourage you to ask questions. Because many questions may arise after the office visit, the doctor should encourage communication regarding any additional questions or concerns. Keep in mind that privacy may be compromised if you are asking questions via email.
Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Risks
Every surgery has risks. Minimally invasive surgery is still associated with complications, such as the following:
In addition, minimally invasive procedures may take longer to perform than traditional surgery. A person who undergoes any type of hip replacement surgery still needs to follow certain precautions and adjust to a lifestyle that accommodates the prosthetic device in the body. Be sure to ask the doctor about these complications. The doctor will know about complications specifically associated with minimally invasive hip replacement surgery. If a person considering a minimally invasive hip replacement is not comfortable with communications from the doctor, he or she should seek a second opinion. Unrealistic expectations, a lack of information and preparation, and a failure to become an active and intelligent participant in the surgical procedure can lead to disappointment after any surgery.
Different people react very differently to the same procedure, depending on their body weight, associated medical conditions, family support, mental health, and other unpredictable factors. Therefore, deciding to undergo minimally invasive hip replacement surgery must be an informed decision made with the guidance of the doctor, after all the facts are taken into consideration.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/11/2016
B Sonny Bal, MD
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