Minimally Invasive Direct Superior Hip Replacement

Hip replacement is surgery for people with severe hip damage. The most common cause of damage is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis causes pain, swelling, and reduced motion in your joints. It can interfere with your daily activities. If other treatments such as physical therapy, pain medicines, and exercise haven’t helped, hip replacement surgery might be an option for you.

During a hip replacement operation, the surgeon removes damaged cartilage and bone from your hip joint and replaces them with new, man-made parts.

One of the ways to improve hip replacement has been to limit the amount of soft tissue damage that occurs at the time of the surgical procedure. Various surgical approaches and minimally invasive techniques have been employed in an effort to reduce damage to surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments. One of the surgical approaches that seems to be gaining interest recently is called the direct superior approach.

The direct superior approach is a surgical technique to gain access to the hip joint. When performing a hip replacement, your surgeon can get to the hip joint from the front, from the side, or from the back. The direct superior approach has been developed as a minimally invasive technique to enter the hip joint without causing damage to some key muscle groups. Specifically, this surgical approach avoids the iliotibial band and some of the external rotator muscles of the hip.

Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus
Source: VeryWell Health

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