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Minimally Invasive Outpatient Hip Replacement

What is minimally invasive outpatient hip replacement surgery?

Like traditional hip replacement, replacing the hip joint with implants relieves pain and improves mobility. Unlike traditional hip replacement surgery which requires large incisions and a hospital stay, minimally invasive outpatient hip replacement surgery involves the use of specialized surgical instruments and techniques to perform the procedure through smaller incisions, and since patients can return home the same day as their surgery, they are able to recover in the comfort of their own home rather than in a hospital.

  • Less pain and shorter recovery. Since the surgery requires shorter incisions, it is less invasive with less damage to surrounding tissues and muscles, which means less pain and a quicker return to normal activities.
  • Reduced risk of complications. Traditional hip replacement surgery carries a risk of complications such as blood clots, infections, and dislocations. By minimizing the size of the incision and the amount of tissue and muscle that is disrupted during the surgery, the risk of these complications is greatly reduced. Also since patients are able to return home the same day as their surgery, they are less likely to be exposed to hospital-acquired infections.

The clinicians at LALL Orthopedics + will perform a comprehensive evaluation including performing a thorough orthopedic examination, and a review of your medical history with attention to significant underlying medical conditions that could affect your recovery and the ability to participate in rehabilitation, and imaging studies to assess the damage.

The procedure itself typically takes around one hour and the patient is under general anesthetic. Dr. Lall will make one or two small incisions and use specialized surgical instruments to remove the damaged parts of the hip joint and replace them with the same artificial implants as those used in traditional hip replacement surgery. When the surgery is complete, the patient is moved to a recovery area where they will be monitored until they are ready to go home.

The primary concern is the goal of safety when selecting appropriate candidates for minimally invasive outpatient hip replacement.  However, recent clinical studies have found that there are no significant differences in complication rates between inpatient total hip patients as compared to outpatient total hip patients in appropriately selected patients.

A good candidate for minimally invasive outpatient hip replacement is typically a younger more active patient, who is in good overall health, has good bone quality and is at a healthy and stable weight. They should also have good muscle strength and range of motion, with minimal weakness or stiffness because rehabilitation involves physical therapy to rebuild strength and mobility in the hip joint.

Advancements in minimally invasive surgical techniques, pain management and rehabilitation protocols and prevention of postoperative complications make outpatient total hip replacement a reality in appropriately selected patients. The experts at LALL Orthopedics + have the specialized skills and experience to perform minimally invasive outpatient total hip replacement safely and successfully.

When you or a loved one is suffering with a hip injury, you have options. Contact the team at LALL Orthopedics + to schedule a consultation to receive the correct diagnosis and all your treatment options. We have office in Belvidere, Illinois, Paramus, New Jersey and Philadelphia, PA.

At a Glance

Ajay C. Lall, MD, MS, FAAOS

  • Board Certified – Orthopedic Surgery
  • Triple Fellowship Trained
  • Performs over 750 Surgeries Per Year
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