Minimally Invasive Total Joint Arthroplasty

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Tissue-Preserving, Minimally Invasive Total Hip Arthroplasty Using a Superior Capsulotomy

  • S. B. Murphy

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Conventional total hip arthroplasty in its many forms has been well established as a reliable procedure with predictable recovery. The high volume of procedures has allowed the incidences of the most common post-operative complications to be determined. Early complications vary widely by surgical approach and method of fixation, but generally include infection, dislocation, abductor morbidity, intra-operative fracture, and, rarely, nerve palsy. Preliminary reports of total hip arthroplasty using minimally invasive techniques have shown a tendency towards higher, rather than lower, complication rates [1, 6, 17, 19, 20]. Reasonable goals for evolving total hip arthroplasty include reducing the incidence of these peri-operative complications while simultaneously accelerating recovery.