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A Better Kind of Hip Replacement Surgery

If you have chronic hip pain, you may be one of the 27 million people in the U.S. affected by osteoarthritis. Sometimes called degenerative arthritis, osteoarthritis causes the wearing out of cartilage, leading to pain, stiffness and swelling.

To address hip pain caused by osteoarthritis, you may find some relief with treatments such as exercise, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory/pain medications and injections. As time goes on, however, these treatments may no longer be enough, and your hip pain may start limiting your activities and quality of life.

Hip replacement surgery has been available for decades, but in recent years, studies have revealed that some 50 percent of hip joint implants become dislocated and cause pain because they were not positioned correctly during surgery. This is because hip anatomy is very individual, and it has been difficult for surgeons to get a clear picture of the hip joint and pelvis tilt to perform accurate implant surgery.

Minimally invasive robotic surgery solves this problem by providing the surgeon with a 3D virtual model of the patient’s unique anatomy based on a CT scan of the hip. During surgery, the surgeon guides the robotic arm while preparing the hip socket and positioning the implant based on your personalized plan. The system guides the surgeon within the predefined area to help provide more accurate placement and alignment of your implant.

This minimally invasive procedure typically results in less blood loss, shorter hospital stays and reduced dislocation rates compared to manual hip replacement surgery. Patients also typically return to normal activity much more quickly, with minimal or no pain.

To find out if you are a candidate for minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery, consult with your physician, or schedule an appointment with an Orlando Health surgeon featured on this page.