During hip replacement surgery, the surgeon resurfaces the bones that form the ball-and-socket of the hip joint. The femoral head is replaced with a prosthetic ball, and the rounded socket is lined with a prosthetic cup.
When complete, the prosthetic femoral ball fits into the prosthetic hip socket to form a new hip joint.
Traditional Hip Replacement
Traditional total hip replacement uses an 8- to 12-inch incision located on the side or back of the hip. This procedure requires your doctor to cut through muscles and tendons, which need time to heal. During the healing process, patients are typically prescribed extensive physical therapy to regain strength and stability in the joint.
Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement
Minimally invasive hip replacement, such as the Direct Anterior Supine Minimally Invasive Hip Procedure, uses a 3- to 6-inch incision on the front of the hip. This allows your doctor direct access to the hip joint by going between the muscles that surround it. Traditional approaches require cutting the muscles and/or tendons that surround the hip. By preserving these muscles and tendons, it’s possible to walk the day of surgery, experience less postoperative pain, and return to daily activities more quickly.