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Minimally Invasive Surgery

At Southeast Orthopedic Specialists, our Fellowship-Trained Orthopedic Surgeons perform almost all surgeries using the minimally invasive technique. This provides our patients with the best chance for a quick recovery by using the most up-to-date surgical techniques.

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is a general term used to describe a surgical procedure that utilizes a smaller incision(s) than conventional surgery. In some MIS procedures the amount of soft tissue (muscles and tendons, etc) that are disrupted during surgery may also be reduced.

The potential benefits are a smaller scar because of the reduced incision and the potential for a faster recovery because of less tissue disruption as well as the potential for less blood loss.

The potential risks are that results may often vary from patient to patient. Not all patients may realize the potential benefits from these relatively new procedures. Also, the risks, which are normally encountered in conventional hip joint replacement, still remain.

Only your orthopedic surgeon can properly evaluate whether you are a candidate for an MIS joint replacement procedure.

Risk factors relating to your anatomy, weight, prior joint replacements and personal health issues should be addressed with your orthopedic surgeon of choice. The long-term, as well as the short-term benefits of an MIS hip joint replacement, should always be discussed.

Here are a few questions you should consider asking your orthopedic surgeon about MIS joint replacement:

  • Is replacement surgery my only option? Go to the WebMD web site to take a helpful quiz to see if joint replacement may be right for you.
  • Is MIS replacement surgery a realistic option for me?
  • What are my potential risks and benefits of this MIS surgical technique?
  • Doctor, how long have you been performing MIS joint replacements?
  • Have you had any specialized training in performing this technique?
  • How many MIS procedures have you performed?
  • What should I realistically expect my recovery to be like?

 

Frank Collier, MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Pain Management Specialist

Dr. Frank Collier is a board-certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician and Pain Management Specialist who specializes in the treatment of injuries and illnesses that affect how people move and function while living with pain.

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