A recent trend in hip replacement surgery has been to perform the surgical procedure through smaller, less-invasive approaches. The idea of this trend is to perform the same procedure with less disruption to the surrounding muscles and soft-tissues. By performing surgery through smaller incisions, with less soft-tissue dissection, it is hoped that patients will have less pain and a faster recovery.
“I tell patients, 20% of the outcome is the technical stuff I do in the surgery, and 80% is them,” said Hillock, the Las Vegas surgeon. “I can do a perfect surgery, but if they don’t do the rehab they’re not going to have a good outcome.”