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Online ISSN 1827-1707
Dorr L. D., Hammerberg E. M.
Arthritis Institute, Inglewood, CA, USA
It is clear that minimally invasive total hip arthroplasty (THA) can be accomplished safely, without compromising long term results, when it is performed by surgeons with adequate experience with newer MIS techniques. The success of minimally invasive THA is associated with advances in anesthetic, pain control, and rehabilitation protocols. Advances in surgical technique are coupled with computer navigation technology. Benefits include better postoperative pain control, and improved postoperative recovery. The chief benefit associated with minimally invasive THA may be its potential to improve patient satisfaction. If a smaller incision is associated with greater patient satisfaction, without sacrificing functional results, it seems obvious that a smaller incision should be used for those patients who will benefit.