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New Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery Now Performed at Lenox Hill Hospital One of Only a Few Hospitals to Offer This Alternative to Patients

October 1, 2004

A new, state-of-the-art approach to hip replacement surgery with smaller incisions, less pain and scarring and a quicker recovery time compared to traditional hip surgery is now being performed at Lenox Hill Hospital.

This innovative procedure, performed through two small portals instead of a large,
12-inch incision, also results in a shorter hospital stay that allows patients to return home the day after surgery - compared to four to five days for traditional hip replacement surgery.

"This minimally invasive procedure does not require the muscle and tissue to be cut," says Michael Alexiades, MD, an attending orthopaedic surgeon at Lenox Hill Hospital, who performs this minimally invasive procedure. "That adds up to a quicker, less painful recovery and a much more positive experience for the patient. It's another tool we have to help our patients get back on their feet and return to their daily activities in a minimally disruptive way."

For the aging baby boomer population, the shorter recovery period offered by the minimally invasive option is significant. In 2020, there will be approximately 80 million people over 65, compared to about 30 million over 65 today. The procedure is ideal for the growing number of seniors who are at the prime age for experiencing arthritis pain, but still need to return to their normal life as quickly as possible.

Dr. Alexiades predicts that one day this minimally invasive procedure will become the standard for hip replacement surgery. "It's the way to go for hip replacement," he says, noting, "Now hip replacement does not have to require a lengthy hospital stay or recovery time."

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