The Advantages of Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery as Explained by the Fellowship-Trained Surgeons at New Jersey Sports Medicine in Freehold, NJ
Minimally invasive hip surgery involves the use of arthroscopic techniques that allow a surgeon to access the hip joint with refined precision and minimal trauma. The board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons at New Jersey Sports Medicine in Freehold, NJ, are trained and experienced in performing the latest hip replacement methods. As athletes treating athletes, we focus our practice on bringing cutting-edge advances in the fields of orthopedics and sports medicine to active individuals in the local Freehold community.
With that said, our philosophy is to practice orthopedic medicine as conservatively as possible. This means that we generally view hip replacement surgery as a last resort. Instead, we usually advise our patients to begin with nonsurgical treatment, and many are able to achieve pain relief and improved mobility with physical therapy, medications, and assistive walking devices. However, if surgery ultimately becomes necessary, we offer highly advanced solutions, such as minimally invasive hip surgery.
Arthroscopy is an innovative technique that allows a surgeon to replace a hip joint through small incisions. More important than the incision size, however, is the fact that a skilled surgeon can navigate a careful path around the surrounding muscles, spreading them in their natural planes, and thus avoiding the need to cut into them. As compared to traditional hip replacement surgery, this approach provides a number of advantages, including:
- A lower risk of surgical complications, such as blood clots and infections
- Less post-surgical pain and stiffness
- A faster recovery
- Minimal scarring
After arthroscopic hip surgery, patients are typically encouraged to become mobile much earlier than they would following a traditional hip replacement procedure. With the help of a physical therapist, many patients are up and walking on the same day as their surgery. While outpatient physical therapy is often unnecessary, it may be helpful in certain cases.
New Jersey Sports Medicine offers minimally invasive hip surgery as well as a complete range of conservative and other surgical treatments for labral tears, femoroacetabular impingement, fractures, arthritis, and other conditions affecting the hip joint. To learn more, contact us to request an appointment at our office in Freehold, NJ.