When deciding whether or not to undergo hip replacement surgery, the important consideration is whether the pain and restricted mobility in your hip is having a negative impact your life. In the past, it used to be that hip replacement procedures were reserved for those over the age of 60, but not anymore. With the advent of minimally invasive surgery, more middle-aged individuals and even those in their 20s and 30s are electing to undergo minimally invasive hip replacement surgery to improve their mobility.
Here are a few reasons why minimally invasive surgery may result in improved mobility:
- Smaller incisions: The entire surgery can be performed through small incisions (about 4 inches or less) which allows faster healing of the wound and quicker recovery.
- Less soft tissue damage: There is less cutting of tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and muscles surrounding the joint.
- Specialized instruments: The instruments used for minimally invasive hip surgery are designed to give your surgeon better control for precise placement of the implant.
- Better support: As the muscles, tendons, and ligaments are not damaged during the surgery, they are able to provide better support to the newly placed hip implant.
- Quick return to activities of daily living: In some cases, the hip replacement can be performed as an outpatient procedure, which means you could go home on the same day as the surgery or on the very next day.
Whether you are an avid sportsman who would like to return to your game or you would simply like to enjoy a walk in the park, this ground-breaking procedure just might change your life for the better.
NewportCare Medical Group is a comprehensive specialty group located in Newport Beach, California offering a wide range of services ranging from conservative and non-operative treatments to advanced and minimally invasive surgical procedures for patients with musculoskeletal problems in the Newport Beach and Orange County areas of California.