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Minimally invasive hip replacement - Arthroplasty

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The hip is one of the most frequently replaced joints. Osteoarthritis, a type of arthritis, is the main reason for hip replacement surgery. Other conditions, including trauma, may also require the need for a hip replacement.

Arthritis is a disease that causes joint pain, stiffness, immobility and swelling. It can affect the cartilage and bone in the hip joint. Cartilage is a very tough, shock absorbing material that covers the ends of many of our bones. The cartilage forms a smooth surface and allows the bones in our joints to glide easily during motion. Arthritis can cause the cartilage to wear away. Loss of this protective lining can cause painful bone on bone rubbing.

While the symptoms of hip arthritis may be tolerated with some medications and lifestyle adjustments, there may come a time when surgical treatment is necessary. One type of hip replacement surgery is called Minimally Invasive Hip Arthroplasty. Like traditional total hip replacement surgery, it involves removing the damaged portion of the hip and replacing it with artificial implants called a prosthetics. These devices are a replacement for the natural joint and allow pain-free movement.

Minimally Invasive Hip Arthroplasty uses smaller incisions than traditional surgery. This allows individuals to experience less pain, spend less time in the hospital, and have shorter recovery times.

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