Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery (MIS)

MIS Hip Joint Replacement is a giant step forward in hip replacement because it may provide a number of potential benefits, which may include the following: a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, and less scarring.1,3

MIS Hip Joint Replacement is an advancement in hip replacement that offers important potential advantages over standard surgical procedures. Stryker has partnered with surgeons worldwide to develop MIS procedures and surgical instruments that can help your surgeons do their very best to help you recover your lifestyle. These techniques bring together a wide variety of high quality hip implants, new minimally invasive surgical techniques, and new instrumentation.

Over the past 25 years, minimally invasive surgery has revolutionized many fields of medicine. Its key characteristic is the use of specialized techniques and instrumentation that enable the physician to perform major surgery without a large incision. In this respect, MIS Hip Joint Replacement is indeed “minimally invasive,” requiring smaller incisions and potentially causing less trauma to the soft tissues than traditional techniques.

Potential Advantages of MIS

An MIS hip replacement procedure replaces the joint with a prosthesis, but requires an incision that is only 3 to 4 inches long. The procedure does not disturb as many muscles and tendons in the hip area as the classic total hip procedure.1 This allows for a potentially more natural reconstruction after the prosthesis is in place and the potential for a quicker return to normal function and activity.1,3 The smaller incision and reduced muscle disruption indicate that patients may have a shorter recovery time and less scarring.1 With MIS hip replacement, there may be less blood loss, less time in surgery and possibly a shorter hospital stay.1,3

1. Wenz, James F.,MD, Gurkan, Ilksen, MD, Jibodh, Stefan R., MD, “Mini- Incision Total Hip Arthroplasty: A Comparative Assessment of Peri-operative Outcomes,”Orthopedics Magazine, 2002.
2. National Development Conference, National Institutes of Health, December 2003.
3. Keggi, Kristaps J., “Total Hip Arthroplasty Through a Minimally Invasive Anterior Surgical Approach,” JBJS, Vol. 85-A, 2003.