Winthrop-University Hospital Orthopaedic Surgeon Performs New, Small Incision Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Procedure

Vol. 13, No. 2
July, 2003

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  • Pinthrop-University Hospital's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is one of the first in the region to acquire new technology to make small incision, minimally invasive total hip replacement surgery possible.

    Performed by Frank R. DiMaio, MD, Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Winthrop, this new technology enables doctors to do total hip replacements through a single incision ranging from three to four inches in length. Most total hip replacements require surgeons to make incisions of 10 or more inches long. The minimally invasive procedure has been shown in studies, and in cases at Winthrop, to expedite recovery time as well as mobility and leg strength following surgery compared to patients with traditional surgical incisions of 10-12 inches. In addition, most patients exhibit increased confidence in their cosmetic appearance and recovery following the small-incision procedure.

    "We have been doing small incision total hip replacement surgery at Winthrop for several months utilizing this new instrumentation and have been very successful in our outcomes," stated Dr. DiMaio. "Our patients have experienced less pain, shorter hospital stays and accelerated recovery."

    Frank DiMaio, MD, (left) Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Winthrop, examines his patient, Patrick Guy of Garden City, a few months after successful minimally invasive hip replacement surgery.
    Patrick Guy, an athletic Long Islander who played college basketball, enjoys tennis and running, was one of the first patients at Winthrop to undergo this new procedure. Injuries earlier in life contributed to chronic arthritis in his hip and eventually limited his activities. Walking up the stairs in his home or running after the kids became painful reminders of his ailment. When he heard about the minimally invasive procedure being performed at Winthrop, he knew it was time to do something to remedy his condition.

    "I often ask myself, 'Why did I wait so long to have this surgery?' I have more energy and more drive to do things I didn't do before and with each passing day of physical therapy, I have more confidence in my abilities," stated Mr. Guy.

    "My recovery from this surgery is going far better than I ever could have expected," Mr. Guy added. "Because the incision is so much smaller than a typical hip replacement, I felt comfortable moving around and following my exercise routine only three weeks after the procedure."

    Minimally invasive surgery has become increasingly popular in many surgical arenas over the past several years. The instruments used in the total hip replacement procedure, developed by Centerpulse Orthopaedics, Inc., were designed to remove much of the complexity involved with performing these small incision hip replacements by allowing the surgeon easy mobility and by protecting the soft tissue surrounding the hip joint.

    According to Dr. DiMaio, who went through extensive training in the use of the new technology, "any new surgical technique comes with its own risks, but the new small incision total hip replacement surgery's benefits are certainly great for the patient."

    For more information on the new, small incision total hip replacement procedure, contact Winthrop's Department of Orthopaedics at (516) 663-4798.

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