Minimally Invasive Surgery

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Your movement may be limited, but your options don't have to be. See how other patients conquered their pain and get started on your own journey to recovery.

Mike "Coach K" Krzyzewski
Inspirational college coach and DePuy joint recipient.

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"It's not worth living with pain."
"It's not worth living with pain."

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"Hi, I'm Mike Krzyzewski, coach of Duke University's Men's Basketball team. If you could take a journey to move better, live better, why wouldn't you? I did when I had joint replacement surgery.

"I'm here to tell you that you have two opponents. Pain and lack of mobility. Pain can get you down every day. Lack of mobility can lead to decreased speed and loss of endurance. With speed and endurance loss, you don't stay competitive and you spend energy just trying to catch up. But you've got to fight your opponents to stay in the game.

"I know it isn't always easy. There was a part of me that thought of stopping, giving up coaching altogether. I would never have won two Olympic team medals and four NCAA Championships if I hadn't had my surgeries.

"Now, I don't have to overcompensate for injury and pain. I'm more active than before, I have relief from pain and I'm even quicker on my feet. People say I look better now. Do you want your life back the way it should be? You have two choices, a continued downward spiral or take action.

"So don't let the injury win. You don't need to live in pain. That's why I want to encourage you to empower yourself. Get educated, develop a personal treatment plan with your doctor, build a team of support and commit to reclaiming your life. Remember, this is a major event in your life—treat it as such. What you put into it will multiply for you at the end of the journey."

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small incisions offer big potential benefits

Two of the most significant advances in total hip replacementtotal hip replacementReplacement of both the femoral and acetabular hip components. are the most prominent minimally invasive techniques—mini-incision and direct two-incision. Minimally invasive hip replacement allows surgeons to implant traditional hip components through one or two small (1.5 to 4 inch) incisions rather than the traditional 10 to 12 inch incision. The goal of minimally invasive hip replacement is to minimize the amount of soft tissuetissueA collection of similar cells and the intercellular substances surrounding them. damage that occurs when a surgeon reconstructs a hip. The potential benefits of this approach include:

the mini-incision technique

The mini-incision technique is similar to the traditional hip replacement, but the one skin incision made is very small (3 to 4 inches). Through careful positioning of the surgical incision, traumatraumaPhysical injury. to soft-tissue structures such as skin and musclemuscleContractile connective tissues that affect movement; a component of nearly all organs and body systems. can be reduced through the mini-incision technique. Because less skin, muscle, and other soft tissues are involved, patients can potentially recover quicker, spend fewer days in the hospital, and return to their active lives sooner.

the direct two-incision technique

Because of the small exposure associated with preparation of the femoral canal (leg boneboneThe hard tissue that provides structural support to the body. It is primarily composed of hydroxyapatite cryst...) with the small incision technique, the two-incision approach was developed to provide more precision in preparing the femoral (leg boneboneThe hard tissue that provides structural support to the body. It is primarily composed of hydroxyapatite cryst...) canal for the new ball component. This technique uses one incision for preparing and inserting the socket. The second incision is used to prepare and insert the thighbone component. Only one muscle structure is cut, while other soft tissue structures such as ligaments and tendonstendonsFibrous bands, one at each end of a muscle, that connect the muscle to bones. are moved aside instead of being cut.

In addition, another important benefit of this technique is the sparing of the fasciafasciaA sheet of fibrous tissue that encloses muscles and groups of muscles and separates their several layers or gr... latae (deep sheet tissue surrounding the thigh muscle). As a result, this may reduce the occurrence of localized pain over the greater trochantertrochanterOne of two bony ridges (the greater and lesser trochanters) near the upper end of the femur. and provide greater hip stability immediately after surgery.

The performance of a hip replacement depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks, and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitationrehabilitationRestoration, following disease, illness, or injury, of the ability to function in a normal or near-normal mann... should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can determine whether a patient is a candidate for the minimally invasive hip replacement procedure. Also, a mini-incision may need to be converted into a traditional incision during surgery. There are many surgeons that may still prefer to perform traditional hip replacement surgery.

Oct 16 2014 - 12:30:12