Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Benefits of Less invasive hip surgery

I liked this summary.  First time around, I had this type of surgery done.  I hear that many patients experience a very invasive surgery in thier first implant.  You should always ask about the laproscopic approach for your first surgery.  The benefits are obvious.

Why use a  laproscopic approach to  Total Hip Replacement?

 
The technique causes less surgical trauma than other techniques because NO MUSCLES ARE CUT, which aids in rapid recovery.

This approach can potentially provide you with the following benefits:


  1. DECREASED POST-OPERATIVE PAIN 
       In comparison with "conventional" surgical techniques, this  approach can reduce the post-operative pain as muscles are not cut.
  2. SHORTER REHABILITATION 
       Rehabilitation can usually start the day of the operation or the day after, subject to your doctor's approval, based on your post-operative conditions. Standing up and walking with arm crutches may start immediately, with your doctor's authorization as well.
  3. SHORTER HOSPITAL STAY 
     This  technique may significantly reduce the duration of your hospital stay. Your surgeon may still recommend a longer stay depending on your post-operative condition.
  4. REDUCED SCAR SIZE
    The skin incision is often shorter than with “conventional” surgery and therefore scar size is reduced.
  5. FASTER RETURN TO DAILY ACTIVITIES 
       This technique may allow you to return to daily activities in a shorter time frame.
  6. LESS BLOOD LOSS
       Preservation of muscles and vessels potentially reduces blood loss. Transfusions are rare, blood clots in the legs (deep venous thrombosis) are potentially less likely.
  7. REDUCED RISK OF DISLOCATION 
       As a result of  this technique the preservation of muscles significantly improves the stability of the hip. The risk of dislocation is minimal and the post-operative limitation of movements, usually prescribed in other techniques, may not be necessary. The risk of dislocation is reduced because the anterior approach is performed from the front of your body and dislocation is mainly related to posterior hip structure damage.
  8. REDUCED RISK OF LIMPING
    This  is characterized by a surgical technique that protects the various muscles, blood vessels and nerves encountered during exposure of the hip joint. Minimizing muscle and nerve damage reduces the chances of limping.
Because of the this  technique, some doctors allow their patients to drive when they are able to get in and out of the car comfortably, have excellent control of their legs and are not taking pain medication.

  Depending on your general condition and with the approval from a surgeon, some  patients may be driving in 8 -10 days.

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I actually experienced all of these in my first surgery.  Very different though than the revision.  Long time to recovery in the revision.

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