Total hip replacement is a common orthopedic procedure to relieve pain and improve mobility. The procedure involves making a 10-12 inch incision on the side of the hip, removing the head of the thighbone (femur), and replacing the ball-and-socket mechanism of the hip with artificial implants.

With Minimally Invasive Surgery, the surgeon is able to perform this replacement through a single minimally invasive hip incision, which may measure 3-6 inches over the outside of the hip.

The artificial implants used for the minimally invasive hip replacements are the same as those for traditional hip replacements. The benefits of minimally invasive surgery include less muscle damage, less blood loss, less pain, a faster recovery and a shorter hospital stay.