The Next Day Hip Replacement is the latest procedure the experts at University Hospital perform in which patients go home the following day and have extremely short recovery. They key element is a less invasive surgery that does not include general anesthesia, an incision less than three inches long, and avoids cutting muscles resulting in minimal bleeding, a shorter hospital stay, and less pain during recovery.
"This operation is no longer as large as the one that used to be performed whereby an incision of 12 inches was made and the patient remained hospitalized for one week. There is now less trauma to tissue than before. The surgical aspect is much less aggressive, but the rehabilitation is much more aggressive. Before, the patient had to remain still for a few days. It has now been proven that it is more beneficial to get the patient on his feet the same day of the surgery and receive their first rehabilitation therapy. The following day they will receive three more rehabilitation treatments." says Dr. Richard Berkowitz.
Dr. Berkowitz also states, "Rehabilitation so early on does not at all increase the risk of dislocation, and instead does indeed help prevent the development of urinary infections, clots, skin ulcers, and other complications associated with stillness."
With regard to the medical condition which necessitates the joint replacements of the hip and the minimally invasive alternative, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) says that "osteoarthritis of the hip is the most common reason for a hip replacement. Osteoarthritis is caused by the wear and tear of aging. It causes the cartilage covering the joint surfaces to wear out, resulting in pain and stiffness.
Candidates for minimal incision procedures are typically thinner, younger, healthier, and more motivated to have a quick recovery compared with patients who undergo the traditional surgery.
Before you decide to have a minimally invasive hip replacement, get a thorough evaluation from your surgeon. Discuss with him or her the risks and benefits. Both traditional and minimally invasive hip replacement procedures are technically demanding. They require that the surgeon and operating team have considerable experience.