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#1-Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Surgery

June 7th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“The Ultimate Hip Replacement Surgery!”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Sandy Zimmerman shot these photos during the operation)

I had the opportunity to photograph and observe Dr. Todd Swanson’s minimally invasive hip replacement operation at his Desert Orthopedic Center.

After having photographed many other invasive and non invasive operations throughout the years, I must say there is a difference even to people who are not in the medical field like me!

 

After the operation, Dr. Swanson described his technique, “Minimally invasive operations are overtaking many parts of medicine including orthopedic surgery.

This is the ultimate in hip replacement surgery.

In the past, we made incisions measuring 6-8 inches in length and now only three small, quarter-inch incisions are necessary.

This is the same hip replacement surgery as the traditional one, but we place a video camera inside the hip joint while watching myself operate on the television screen.

It is like playing a video game because you do not see what you are doing directly and have to watch the screen.

There are specialized tools which we have developed over the years to use this procedure.

It was amazing how Dr. Swanson could operate through the long cylinder.  I saw him moving knobs and tubes around at the incisions points as he watched his actions on the screen.

Dr. Swanson explained, “There are many more aspects surgeons have to pay attention to, it is much more difficult than performing the operation the traditional way, but it is far better for the patients because they recover faster.

One of the first things we discovered when we started doing this is quicker recovery.  I have been doing this operation about 11 years now before it became popular when only a few of us were doing it.

I learned very quickly after the first couple hundred cases, my patients were recovering much quicker, in less than half the time.

For instance, total hip replacement, the old fashioned way, would usually take three-four months for the patient to get back to 80-90% of their normal activities.

Now through a little 3-4” incision, we can get them back in about three-to-four weeks, 1/3 of the time it used to take.”

Dr. Swanson compared other benefits of his minimally invasive hip replacement technique with the old traditional operation.

“Even the hospital stay is much shorter.

When I started practicing 20 years ago, we kept patients in the hospital for a week and even longer.

Many patients had to go to rehab hospitals for several weeks because they were so overcome with pain and other problems.

Patients had to take time to learn how to walk again but now they go straight home quickly in two-to-three days.

Patients are walking today, maybe with a cane, then back to normal walking in a week or two.

Continuing to add other factors evident in comparing these two types of operations, “The patient does not suffer as much pain.

Today we have other ways to handle pain that we did not have then.

When you compare an 8” incision to a 4” incision, we do much work beneath the skin which also results in significantly less pain.

We have developed other techniques over the past ten years to minimize pain.

Patients get over their surgical pain and off pain pills in less than half the time.

Dr. Todd V. Swanson, MD, Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon.  For information, call 731-4088.  Desert Orthopedic Centers: 2800E. Desert Inn Road, #100; 2930 W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy, Ste. #100, Henderson; 3150 N. Tenaya Way, Ste. #100;     www.minitotalhip.com www.doclv.com www.minitotalknee.com www.americajointsurgery.com

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#1-Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Surgery- (Continued)-

Dr. Swanson's compared other benefits of his minimally invasive hip replacement technique with the old traditional operation.  "Even the hospital stay is much shorter.  

When I started practicing 20 years ago, we kept patients in the hospital for a week and even longer.  Many patients had to go to rehab hospitals for several weeks because they were so overcome with pain and other problems. 

Patients had to take time to learn how to walk again but now they go straight home quickly in two-to-three days.  Patients are walking today, maybe with a cane, then back to normal walking in a week or two.   

Continuing to add other factors evident in comparing these two types of operations, The patient does not suffer as much pain.  Today we have other ways to handle pain that we did not have then.  When you compare an 8" incision to a 4" incision, we do much work beneath the skin which also results in significantly less pain.  We have developed other techniques over the past ten years to minimize pain.  Patients get over their surgical pain and off pain pills in less than half the time."