Minimally invasive hip replacement

Definition

Minimally invasive hip replacement is a technique used to perform hip replacement surgeries. It uses a smaller surgical cut, and fewer muscles around the hip are cut or detached.

Alternative Names

Small incision total hip replacement; MIS hip surgery

Description

To perform this surgery:

This procedure uses the same type of hip replacement implants as regular surgery.

Why the Procedure Is Performed

As in regular surgery, this procedure is done to replace or repair a diseased or damaged hip joint. This technique works better for patients who are younger and thinner. Minimally invasive techniques may allow for a quicker recovery and less pain.

Talk with your surgeon about the benefits and risks. Ask if your surgeon has experience with this type of surgery.

After the Procedure

There is often less blood loss and pain with this technique than with open surgery. People who have this surgery often have a shorter stay in the hospital and faster recovery. Ask your doctor if this procedure is a good choice for you.

References

Meneghini RM, Smits SA, Swinford RR, Bahamonde RE. A randomized, prospective study of 3 minimally invasive surgical approaches in total hip arthroplasty: comprehensive gait analysis. J Arthroplasty. 2008;23:68-73.

Harkess JW, Crockarell JR. Arthroplasty of the hip. In: Canale ST, Beatty JH, eds. Campbell's Operative Orthopaedics. 12th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2012:chap 3.