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Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement (cont.)

Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Results

Minimally invasive hip replacement surgery is a new procedure. Short-term results are promising. Surgeons are gaining more experience with these new techniques. If the implants are placed properly, the new hip should last through several decades of reasonable use, as long as precautions and activity recommendations given by the surgeon are followed.

Minimally invasive hip replacements allow earlier discharge from the hospital, less pain, and faster return to the activities of daily living. Less physical therapy is needed after discharge. However, there are specific complications for any new procedure. The experience of the surgeon is also a factor. Surgeon selection and patient education are very important when it comes to new technology in surgery.

When to Seek Medical Care after Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement

In general, hip replacement surgery should be sought only for debilitating pain that does not improve with pain medications, exercise, weight loss, and reasonable activity modification. Hip replacement, regardless of surgical technique, is a major operation for a worn-out joint that cannot function any longer. Hip replacement surgery involves lifestyle changes and an artificial joint. No artificial hip can ever be a perfect substitute for a real hip. Optional surgery, such as hip replacement, should be avoided until other treatment options have failed.

Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

"Total hip arthroplasty"

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/11/2016
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