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Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Surgery for Patients from Hampton, Williamsburg & Newport News, VA

A minimally invasive hip replacement can be an option for a younger patient who would like to replace a damaged joint prior to experiencing severe discomfort or losing significant mobility. At Tidewater Orthopaedics, Dr. Michael Higgins, an orthopaedic surgeon who is fellowship-trained in total joint replacement, can help patients from Hampton, Newport News, and Williamsburg, Virginia, prevent hip pain from interfering with their active lifestyles.

Today, the minimally invasive hip replacement techniques, including the muscle-sparing jiffy hip procedure, performed by the surgeons at Tidewater Orthopaedics in Hampton Roads offer many improvements over the traditional surgical approaches of yesteryear. For instance, our surgical methods involve:

Smaller incisions, which can result in less damage to surrounding tissue, minimal scarring, and faster recoveries

Advanced computer navigation systems, including virtual simulators that provide real-time feedback to a surgeon while operating, which can enhance surgical precision

Durable replacement joints (in laboratory tests, joints made of highly crosslinked polyethylene – a material treated with electron beam radiation to create stronger bonds between molecular chains – show just an eighth of the wear of older types of plastic), which can significantly reduce bone loss that can cause artificial joints to fail

Additionally, Tidewater Orthopaedics has collaborated with the Orthopaedic Hospital at Sentara CarePlex with the ambitious goal of creating a hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of orthopaedic patients. A focus on the unique needs of an orthopaedic patient is clearly evident, from private rooms with walk-in showers to special dressings that allow many joint replacement patients to shower on the second day post-op. Each operating room is specially fitted for orthopaedic surgery and staffed by personnel who devote their practice to orthopaedic cases. The hospital also features onsite physical therapy and a fully equipped rehabilitation gym, as well as dedicated anesthesiology services, an orthopaedic health education program and special accommodations for family members. In terms of overall quality of care, the hospital ranks in the top five percent in the country, and has been rated first in the state for hip replacement outcomes by Blue Cross Blue Shield.

The surgeons at Tidewater Orthopaedics believe that information is key when making a decision to undergo surgery. If you’d like to discuss minimally invasive hip replacement and other treatment options available to patients with hip pain in Hampton and Williamsburg, VA, call Tidewater Orthopaedics at 757-827-2480.