Doctors push on minimally invasive hip replacement
Satisfaction rate expected to be higher as compared to conventional treatment
As per the data published by UCI health: https://www.ucihealth.org/blog/2017/05/hip-knee-replacement, there will supposedly be a 200% rise in the number of patients opting for a hip replacement surgery.
“Hip replacements are a reliable procedure, and the satisfaction is quite high as long as it’s done for the right reason,” explained Dr. Zach Stone, an orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff of Lee Health.
The new treatment options focus on minimal invasion and quicker recovery periods; doctors elucidate on the significant factors for patients who want to consider hip replacement surgery. “Typically, when you start having hip problems will have pain in the groin region, and some patients will have pain in their knee joint just because of the way the nerves are set together, and we call that referred pain,” said another specialist.
The majority of patients diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) – a type of inflammatory arthritis, opt for hip replacement.
Joint replacement surgeon Mahesh Kulkarni says “Many AS patients go to joint replacement surgeons directly instead of a rheumatologist. Delayed diagnosis leads to delayed treatment, and the disease goes into advanced stage, causing irreversible joint damage requiring surgery.”
The procedure primarily focuses on replacing the painful hip joint with an artificial joint, made from metal or ceramic components, from which the patient can choose. Usually done when all other treatment options have failed to provide adequate pain relief, this drastically eases the pain and makes daily movements such as sitting, standing and walking a lot less stressful.
Also, the minimally invasive technique now spares patients from the unsightly scars after a hip replacement is done. The surgical method accurately hides the wound in the folds of skin, leaving the patient scar-less. Although the technique is widely used in the US and Australia, it is expected to be adopted in India in the first half of the coming decade.
The patient observes less scarring, reduced post-operative pain, leading to lesser intake on painkillers, better mobilization. All this eventually leads to a better recovery time overall. It is a revolutionary technique, believes expert orthopedic surgeons. The main benefit of the surgery is you avoid muscle damage.