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Total hip replacement surgeries are becoming an option for more and more patients thanks to constantly evolving techniques and technology. They’re becoming less invasive and surgeons are able to enter from many different angles, making more cases eligible for the procedure.
There are a few different approaches for minimally invasive total hip replacement procedures, but Iowa Ortho hip and knee surgeon, Dr. Mark Matthes, specializes in the direct superior hip replacement approach.
Dr. Matthes is the first physician in Iowa to offer the direct superior approach. It’s known for enabling a faster hip replacement recovery time than with the technique used in traditional hip replacement surgeries.
- There’s only one incision for this hip surgery, which preserves the natural alignment of the hip, leaving muscles and tendons undamaged, and requires no sutures or staples. The small incision also helps with proper placement of surgical components and implants.
- There is less leg manipulation, meaning there’s a decrease in soft tissue damage and pain after the surgery.
- Patients can bear full weight immediately after the surgery and can graduate from walking aides like crutches or canes more quickly than with a traditional hip replacement.
- When compared to a traditional hip replacement surgery, patients have less blood loss.
- Since this is a minimally invasive hip surgery, many patients can return home after spending just one night in the hospital. Some are even able to go home the same day.
- More natural positioning of the leg during surgery and preservation of the muscles and tissue around the hip allow for a smother hip surgery recovery, meaning a quicker return to normal activities. Restrictions that are normally needed to prevent dislocation are no longer necessary.
Even though total hip replacements are elective, they are still covered by the majority of insurance companies. Be aware that some policies do require a small co-pay. The direct superior approach is a great option, but remember, not everyone will qualify. Call Iowa Ortho at 515-247-8400 or click here to set up an initial appointment with Dr. Matthes to see which surgical approach is best for you.