Minimally Invasive Total Hip Arthroplasty

Feature Summary

        The advantages of minimally invasive total hip arthroplasty include a smaller wound size with better cosmesis, less damage of hip muscle (abductors, gluteus medius and minimus) to facilitate early recovery without the need of walking aids.

 

Overview

        Advanced stage of hip diseases including osteoarthritis, traumatic osteoarthritis, osteonecrosis of the femoral head, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis associated arthritis and hemophilic arthritis of the hip can lead to severe functional impairment and limping because of pain and limited range of motion. Total hip arthroplasty surgery can bring to a smooth articulating surface (resurfacing) as well as to lengthen the affected leg and minimize leg length discrepancy.

 

Procedures and Features

  • Minimally invasive surgery

        Mean operation time of minimally invasive total hip arthroplasty would be around 50 minutes only or less. Average wound size would be less than 8 to 10 centimeters. More importantly, we do less damage to abductor muscles during the surgery, compared with traditional surgical approaches, thus minimize the incidence of limping after surgery. Walking aids are usually required for only 2 weeks or less after surgery.

  • Multimodal pain control management

        Combined oral, intra-venous or patient-controlled analgesia devices greatly facilitate early rehabilitation and patient satisfaction. Almost all patients can walk well on post-operative day 1 with our pain management.

  • Venous thromboembolism prevention protocol

        VTE (venous thromboembolism) is one of the common complications following total knee arthroplasty, but can be well prevented. Combination of intravenous low molecular weight heparin, low dose aspirin, factor Xa inhibitor in our protocol can effectively protect against this complication.

  • Professional rehabilitation program

        Our team, composed of experienced orthopedic doctors, rehabilitation doctors, physical therapists, special nurses can help patients with their post-operative rehabilitation protocol, including proper body positioning, walking independently with or without walking aids, walking up- or downstairs and to deal with common questions after surgery.

 

Estimated cost

        The procedure cost is around 400,000 NTD, depends on the actual medical expenses.