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What is a Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement?

Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement

A minimally invasive approach to a total hip replacement is performed through a 4inch incision rather than the single 10-12 inch incision as in the traditional approach. While the approach is modified to have less soft tissue disruption and a smaller incision, traditional implants are still used with the assistance of modified instruments.

Advantages of a Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement

The advantages of a minimally invasive approach to a total hip replacement as compared with a traditional hip replacement include the following:

  • Smaller incision
  • Quicker recovery
  • Improved early postoperative pain
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less muscle dissection
  • Less trauma to surrounding tissue
  • Improvement in blood loss

Who is a candidate for a Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement?

Generally, a minimally invasive approach to a total hip replacement is performed in a healthy, active and relatively thin patient. Not every patient is a candidate for this procedure. Dr. Carpenter is happy to discuss all treatment options with you after a comprehensive medical review and physical exam.

Other Hip Procedures

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  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • International Congress for Joint Reconstruction
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  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • Emory University - Leading Research University in Atlanta GA
  • New York University
  • Insall Scott Kelly Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine