Friday, February 23, 2007

Advantages of Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery

The minimally invasive technique, of particular benefit to those with arthritic hip conditions, is achieved through a small posterior incision and has been acclaimed by patients, surgeons and hospital authorities.

Such groundbreaking hip surgery affords a range of extensive benefits to a patient. Following are some of them.

· Small incision
Cosmetically pleasing incision, typically 5.5 - 9 cm in length for hip replacement, 7.5 - 11 cm for hip resurfacing.

· Minimal blood loss
Current experience is that 90% of the patients do not require transfusion.

· Reduced surgical trauma
Results in quicker mobilization post surgery leading to early discharge from hospital. Most patients discharged day 2/3 as compared to an average in-patient stay of 7 - 10 days.

· Less disruption to muscles around the hip joint
Leads to better overall function result allowing patients to return to normal activities.

· Immense financial benefits and cost saving
Reduction in transfusions, and early discharge programs result in cost savings averaging 50% of in-patient bed stay.

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Note: All information presented here has been obtained from publicly available medical resources and is here for reference purposes only. Healthbase does not claim to be a medical professional and does not provide any advice on any issues relating to medical treatment.