American Hip Institute

Minimally-Invasive Hip Replacement

Hip Replacement

A total hip replacement involves removing the existing arthritis and placing a metal cup in the socket and a metal stem down the femur. There is a plastic, polyethylene, liner that is placed between the metal ball and socket to provide nonmetal-on-metal weight bearing surfaces.

After a hip replacement patients are generally allowed to bear weight as tolerated. This is an inpatient procedure requiring a minimum of one night’s stay in the hospital. Physical therapy works with the patient during their hospital stay and upon return to home or a rehab facility to maximize their hips condition during the recovery phase.

Minimally Invasive

While traditional hip replacements involve 12- to 14-inch incisions, minimally-invasive hip replacement uses a “mini-incision” (3 to 4 inches). The surgery is completed without cutting any of the major muscles or tendons around the hip. This means less pain and quicker recovery and return to activities.

The direct anterior approach and mini-posterior approach are both minimally-invasive techniques. X-ray or Robotic guidance may also be used in your hips replacement for component position accuracy. Ask Dr Domb at your visit which approach would work best for you.

It blew my mind I could walk so soon

– Karen Peterik, Total Hip Replacemen