A Giant Step Forward in Hip Replacement


Minimally invasive hip replacement surgery is a step forward in hip replacement. In fact, it may provide several potential benefits. These benefits include the following: a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, and much less scarring.1,3

As you review this website, make a note of anything you don’t understand. Your orthopedic surgeon will be happy to answer your questions so that you’ll feel comfortable and confident with your chosen treatment plan.

Hip Replacement

Hip replacement is a surgical procedure — performed in the US since the 1960s — in which a diseased or damaged joint is replaced with an artificial joint called a prosthesis. Therefore, a new one is made of metal alloys and high-grade plastics. This is intended to mimic the function of bone and cartilage. So, the prosthesis is designed to move just like a healthy human joint. Over the years, hip replacement techniques and instrumentation have undergone countless improvements. Today, hip replacement is one of the safest and most successful types of major surgery, in well over 90% of cases! It is complication-free and results in significant pain relief and restoration of mobility.2

“The sooner you get it done, the better you’ll feel, and the more your life will change.”

— Carl Savino, 52
Stryker Hip Replacement Recipient

MIS Hip Joint Replacement

MIS Hip Joint Replacement is an advancement in hip replacement. Therefore, offering potential advantages over standard surgical procedures. Stryker has partnered with surgeons worldwide to develop MIS procedures and surgical instruments. Therefore, helping your surgeons do their very best to help you recover your lifestyle. These techniques bring together a wide variety of high-quality hip implants, new minimally invasive surgical practices, and new instrumentation.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Over the past 25 years, minimally invasive surgery has revolutionized many fields of medicine! Its key characteristic is that it uses specialized techniques and instrumentation. Therefore, enabling the physician to perform major surgery without a large incision. In this respect, MIS Hip Joint Replacement is minimally invasive. Thus, requiring smaller incisions and potentially causing less trauma to the soft tissues than traditional techniques.

Potential Advantages

An MIS hip replacement procedure replaces the joint with a prosthesis but requires an incision that is only 3 to 4 inches long. Therefore, this process does not disturb as many muscles and tendons in the hip area as the classic total hip procedure.1 This allows for a potentially more natural reconstruction. Thereafter, the prosthesis is in place and the potential for a quicker return to normal function and activity.1,3

The smaller incision and reduced muscle disruption indicate that patients may have a shorter recovery time and less scarring.1 Additionally, with MIS hip replacement, there may be less blood loss, less time in surgery, and possibly a brief hospital stay.1,3

Risks Associated with Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement

MIS Hip Joint Replacement is less invasive than conventional Total Hip Replacement, but it is still major surgery. It takes little additional time to complete and may result in advantages for the patient.

As with any major surgical procedure, patients who undergo total joint replacement are at risk for certain complications. Therefore, the vast majority of them can be successfully avoided or treated. In fact, the complication rate following joint replacement surgery is minimal. Serious complications, such as joint infection, occur in less than 2% of patients.4 (Besides infection, possible complications include blood clots, lung congestion, or pneumonia.) However, there are still risks that remain in conventional hip joint replacement.

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You Don’t Have to Live with Pain

You don’t have to live with severe hip pain and the limitations it puts on your activities. If you haven’t experienced adequate relief with medication or other conservative treatments, MIS Hip Joint Replacement may provide relief from pain and enable you to return to your favorite activities.

Please also see, 5 Common Reasons for Hip Pain

Don’t live life in pain. The doctors at Spine & Orthopedic Center are hip replacement specialists. Call us today at 888-409-8006.


1. Wenz, James F., MD, Gurkan, Ilksen, MD, Jibodh, Stefan R., MD, “Mini-Incision Total Hip Arthroplasty: A Comparative Assessment of Perioperative Outcomes,” Orthopedics Magazine, 2002.

2. National Development Conference, National Institutes of Health, December 2003.

3. Keggi, Kristaps J., “Total Hip Arthroplasty Through a Minimally Invasive Anterior Surgical Approach,” JBJS, Vol. 85-A, 2003.

4. Hanssen, A.D., et al., “Evaluation and Treatment of Infection at the Site of Total Hip or Knee Arthroplasty,” JBJS, Vol. 80-A, No. 6, June 1998, pp. 910-922.