Rush was the first hospital in the world to perform minimally invasive hip replacement surgery. Done through a few small portals, instead of the 12- to 18-inch incision used in traditional hip replacement surgery, the procedure dramatically reduces time in the hospital, pain and expenses.
This innovative approach uses a cementless implant that grows into the bone. Because it involves less cutting of muscle, tendons and ligaments, patients recover more swiftly and may go home the day after surgery. That's compared to a four- or five-day hospitalization for traditional hip replacement surgery.
The same prosthetic hip implants used in the traditional surgery are used with the new technique. What makes it revolutionary is that surgeons access the hip, cut the bone and insert the artificial hip through two portals — each less than two inches long — instead of one large incision. The instruments used in hip replacement surgery were modified or redeveloped to accommodate the new approach.
Learn more about minimally invasive hip replacement surgery at Rush to assess whether you may be a candidate.
For information about orthopedic surgeons at Rush who perform minimally invasive and standard joint replacement surgeries, see the links under “Find a Doctor,” at left.