Recent healthcare advancements significantly benefit patients undergoing hip replacements. The fusion of robotic technology with minimally invasive procedures has revolutionized the hip replacement experience, surpassing previous standards. Among these innovations, the high demand is for the robotic-guided direct anterior approach to total hip replacement, particularly favored by active individuals enduring severe hip pain.
The direct anterior approach is an innovative procedure that allows surgeons to target the hip joint through the front of the hip, sparing muscles and soft tissue in the back. When this procedure is done using Mako robotic-arm assisted technology, the advantages are even more substantial.
Benefits of the robotic-assisted direct anterior approach include:
- Minimal Muscle Damage: One of the standout benefits of the direct anterior approach is the minimal damage to muscle and soft tissue. When accessing the hip joint from the front, muscle and ligaments can be moved aside, rather than cut through like in the traditional posterior approach.
- Quicker Recovery: Compared to traditional hip replacement methods, the direct anterior approach involves less invasive techniques. Due to muscle preservation, patients often experience less post-operative pain and improved joint stability, allowing for an easier and quicker recovery.
- Improved Precision and Accuracy: With enhanced visibility of the hip joint due to the direct anterior approach combined with robotic-assisted technology, precision and accuracy are maximized. Placement of the new hip joint will be extremely accurate, allowing for optimal results.
- Reduced Complication Risk: When accessing the hip joint from the front, less damage is done to healthy tissue, reducing the risk of complications during or after the surgery. With robotic guidance, dislocation risk is at an all-time low due to extensive 3D planning and securely fit implants.
- Same-Day Procedure: Because the robotic-assisted direct anterior approach to hip replacement is less invasive, most patients can return home the same or the next day after surgery. This allows patients to recover at home in comfort, and can also lower your hospital bills.
The robotic-assisted direct anterior approach is making waves in the world of hip replacements, with improved patient satisfaction. Contact Dr. Robert Avino to see if you're a candidate for direct anterior hip replacement.
AUTHOR: Robert J. Avino M.D. is a board-certified and fellowship-trained adult hip and knee reconstruction surgeon at Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute. Dr. Avino specializes in robotic-assisted hip and knee replacement using the minimally invasive direct anterior approach to hip replacement, across Palm Beach County in South Florida.