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Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement

Total Hip Replacement THR and Total Knee Replacement THR are very successful surgical treatment for arthritis of the hip and knee respectively.

Over the last several years hip and knee replacement surgery has evolved to a Minimally Invasive technique.

Advantages of Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement are:

  • Less tissue trauma: muscles and tendons are avoided or separated, not cut
  • Faster and less painful rehabilitation
  • Smaller incisions and less scarring: two incisions of 1½ to 2 inches each, rather than one 10- to 12-inch incision
  • Shorter hospital stay: 1-2 days (vs. 3-5 days); some patients go home in less than 24 hours
  • Reduced blood loss and less need for pre-surgery blood donation
  • Faster return to work and daily activities

Comparison of Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery and Traditional Knee Surgery Incisions

Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement Incisions

Comparison of Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery and Traditional Hip Surgery Incisions

Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Incisions

  • School Of Medicine - University of California, Irvine
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery
  • Western Orthopaedic Association
  • California Orthopaedic Association (COA)
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF)
  • Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS)
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • The Bone and Joint Decade
  • Orthopaedics