Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Why Bikini Hip Replacement Has Gained Favor With Many Surgeons And Patients Alike

By Jaclyn Hurley

The bikini hip replacement is a surgical procedure that targets to replace hip joints with a prosthetic implant. This can either be a total or semi replacement and is common to relieve arthritis pain. It is also performed to fix severe damages resulting from fractures. For total surgery also known as total hip arthroplasty, both the acetabulum and femoral head are replaced while only the femoral head is replaced in case of hemiarthroplasty (half surgery).

For patients suffering from most of arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis, avascular necrosis, protrusio acetabula, benign, malignant bone tumor, ankylosing spondylitis and any bikini fracture among several other related conditions all qualify for this procedure. It helps to relieve pain and allow the patient to resume other physical activities.

It is normally a minimally invasive anterior surgery procedure. Given that the incision is done through the bikini line, the end result is a cosmetically pleasing scar that is hidden in the groin crease. Expert surgeons are able to achieve a mini-incision with the least damages to nerve and muscular tissues. Most of tendons and muscles are preserved and the few that are cut in the process are then repaired allowing for very quick recovery after the process.

The implants grows to form part of bones after a while allowing even faster recovery. The minimal incision approach is also crucial to preserve most of muscle tissues and tendons. The few ones that are cut are easily repaired hence reduced bleeding and faster healing of the resulting wound. The scar that remains is cosmetically pleasing and is well hidden on groin crease.

The attractiveness of this procedure is explained by the fact that less hospital and recovery time is required as compared to surgeries that target to address the same conditions. The total cost of operation is also significantly lower. The majority of patients are able to leave for home in a day or two, and the majority can even drive their vehicles in a matter of days.

For patients who are very obese, this procedure is not normally recommended even if the surgeon is highly experienced. The other group that is also excluded is that of patients that need complex revision hip surgery where the tradition surgery is recommended on both cases as the former is very difficult to perform.

High rate of success and many advantages associated with this procedure are perhaps the reason for its popularity. The major success factors include less bleeding, less pain throughout and after the procedure and ability of resulting wounds to heal very fast. This also reduces chances of infections. The muscle weakness and immobilization common with other forms of surgeries are also greatly reduced. The scar is very small and in hands of a good doctor, the patient is not worried of possibility dislocations.

With the help of a well-trained and very experienced surgeon, most of the side effects and possible complications may not be experienced. The possible side effects include bleeding, blood clots and infections although there are very few cases that are reported. The prosthesis may also loosen and there may be discrepancy on the length of limb. All these calls for the need of a highly experienced surgeon and well equipped medical center.

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