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Computer-assisted Hip Replacement

What is Computer-assisted Hip Replacement?

Computer-assisted hip replacement is an image-guided, minimally invasive surgical procedure to replace your diseased or damaged hip with an artificial device using the assistance of computer software. The system creates and displays images and provides information that aids your surgeon at various stages of the procedure to improve accuracy and results.

Components of the Computer-assisted System

The computer-assisted system has three basic components:

Advantages of Computer-assisted Hip Replacement

Some of the potential advantages of computer-assisted hip replacement include:

Procedure for Computer-assisted Hip Replacement

Computer-assisted hip replacement is performed in the following manner:

Your operation may take one to one and a half hours depending on the complexity.

Post-surgery Protocol and Care

After your operation, you will be closely monitored for several hours and will remain in the hospital for a few days. Usually, you are encouraged to sit and stand a day after your surgery and will start walking with a walker and then a cane over the next few days. You may be discharged when you can ambulate well with the help of a cane and are advised about:

Recovery After Computer-assisted Hip Replacement

In about four to six weeks, you should be able to walk on your own. It may take you a few months to achieve full recovery.

Potential Complications Associated with Computer-assisted Hip Replacement

Complications of computer-assisted hip replacement are very rare (less than 1%). The pins used to attach the smart instruments to the bones in the hip can occasionally undergo fracture or cause infection. Other complications include:

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