Hip replacement surgery is much less dramatic than in the past because of the use of the Micro-Hip technique. It is no coincidence that we say „The most dangerous thing about the MicroHip technique is that patients experience too little pain“.
This is often hard to understand before the operation, however most patients usually have significantly less pain already 2 weeks after the operation. Because of this, there is a high risk that the patient will perform activities that could endanger the healing process.
Consider the following: In most cases, we use implants that are not cemented in the bone to allow bone to grow onto and into the implant. Until this bone/ implant connection, also known as the interface, is reasonly stable, we must wait for 6 post-operative weeks to pass. Only after 3 postoperative months can the implant be fully loaded.
But what are the main advantages of this technique? Certainly not only the short scar - which is probably nice, but not decisive for the function. It is important that no tendons or muscles become detached. Even the joint capsule is opened and at the end of the operation is sewn together again.
With this technique, at the end of the operation, the hip joint is exactly as it was before the operation. All muscles and tendons are intact and the normal joint function is no longer inhibited. After all, many forget that no artificial hip moves itself. The tendons and muscles are responsible for motion!
Movement is controlled through a neuronal network. Accordingly, it is important that during surgery, no nerve branches are cut because this could cause muscle atrophy and lame function. For this reason, the MicroHip technique utilizes the internervous plane. It is the only surgical technique for the hip where no fibers are destroyed. An Illustration can be seen in the MRI Image 4.1. Such muscle damage would never occur with the MicroHip access technique!