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How big is the scar after a hip replacement

By Anonymous January 26, 2019 - 4:27pm
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I JUST want to know how big is the scar going to be after the hip replacement

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Hello, Anon! Thank you for your post!

Total hip replacement (hip arthroplasty) is a common orthopedic procedure. Replacing the hip joint with an implant or "prosthesis" relieves pain and improves mobility so that patients are able to resume normal, everyday activities.

The traditional surgical approach to total hip replacement uses a single, long incision (10-12 inches) to view and access the hip joint. A variation of this approach is a minimally invasive procedure that makes one or two shorter incisions (a single 3-6 inch incision or two somewhat smaller incisions). Unlike traditional total hip replacement, the minimally invasive technique is not suitable for all patients. The length of the incision (and scar) also depends on the size of the patient and the difficulty of the procedure. Your surgeon will discuss the different surgical options with you.


January 26, 2019 - 5:57pm
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