Why use a laproscopic approach to Total Hip Replacement?
This approach can potentially provide you with the following benefits:
- DECREASED POST-OPERATIVE PAIN
In comparison with "conventional" surgical techniques, this approach can reduce the post-operative pain as muscles are not cut.
- 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.
- 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.
- REDUCED SCAR SIZE
The skin incision is often shorter than with “conventional” surgery and therefore scar size is reduced.
- FASTER RETURN TO DAILY ACTIVITIES
This technique may allow you to return to daily activities in a shorter time frame.
- 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.
- 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.
- REDUCED RISK OF LIMPINGThis 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.
I actually experienced all of these in my first surgery. Very different though than the revision. Long time to recovery in the revision.