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Initial results with a mini-posterior approach for total hip arthroplasty

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Implantation of the total hip prosthesis should always be as atraumatic as possible. The principle underlying this technique is to visualise the working area while keeping the aperture to a minimum, with a resulting reduction in trauma to the soft tissue. We present a new, improved single-incision approach in total hip arthroplasty: the mini-posterior approach. Preliminary results from 60 patients operated using this approach indicate rapid functional recovery, minimal postoperative pain, a reduced duration of hospitalisation, few complications, and optimal component positioning. Further follow-up is warranted.

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Procyk, S. Initial results with a mini-posterior approach for total hip arthroplasty. International Orthopaedics (SICO 31 (Suppl 1), 17–20 (2007).

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