Hip replacement surgery has advanced significantly in recent years. The more recent Direct Superior Approach Surgery has a number of benefits.
Mr Panos Makrides, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon in Birmingham, is the only leading hip replacement surgeon in the West Midlands to offer the Direct Superior Approach Surgery. We spoke to him recently to find out more about the surgery, the price and the procedures success rate.
How does minimally invasive hip replacement surgery compare to traditional methods used?
There are different types of hip surgery available. A minimally invasive hip procedure generally means a smaller scar. The direct superior minimally invasive approach is even more advanced because it causes minimal damage to soft tissues (muscles and tendons) according to the most recent scientific evidence. This is because damage to muscles involved with mobility and hip stability is minimal.
What are the benefits of minimally invasive hip surgery?
Hip patients who have their hip surgery with this approach spend much less time in hospital (even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic), return back to function much earlier and generally get much better function compared to patients who had their surgery with a more conventional technique. The functional results according to the most recent evidence are much better compared to conventional approaches. On average the recovery time is four weeks compared to standard hip surgery at eight weeks.
Who can and who cannot have this treatment?
All patients are candidates for a direct superior total hip replacement. To date, I have performed more than 200 primary hip replacements using the direct superior approach with excellent results in terms of patient reported satisfaction.
How much does the procedure cost on average?
The cost is between £11000-£12000. We accept private healthcare and self-funding patients.
What is the success rate for hip replacement surgery?
Hip replacement surgery has a high success rate. The success rate of hip replacements 10 years after surgery is 90- 95% and at 20 years 80-85%.
A recent testimonial from one of my patients highlights how successful hip replacement surgery can be:
“During initial consultations, Mr Makrides patiently and expertly answered my plethora of questions, helping me to understand the benefit of surgical intervention, specifics of the surgical procedure and the longer-term advantages. Within 7 weeks of my surgery I am 95% back to life as normal – no pain, walking 2-3 miles a day without aids and driving! A true testament to the skill and care of Mr Panos Makrides and his wider team at Spire Parkway Solihull”
For more information about hip replacement surgery, you may wish to book an appointment with a leading orthopaedic surgeon such as Mr Panos Makrides. Visit his Top Doctors profile today for more information.