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Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement 

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The latest minimally invasive surgical techniques to hip replacement are making recovery faster than ever. The anterior hip replacement involves making a small incision at the front of the hip instead of the usual incision in the gluteal area.

Replacing the hip through the front allows your doctor to perform surgery through a space between two of the muscles of your hip without having to detach muscles from your hip area as needed for the other approaches. This is associated with faster early recovery.

Now with an anterior hip replacement, your muscles stay whole, allowing you to get back on your feet more quickly and decreasing the chance of your prosthetic hip dislocating out of place. At University of Miami Health System, our expert orthopaedic surgeons specialize in this advanced procedure and work hard to ensure all patients can get back to their regular activities as quickly as possible.

Why Choose UHealth?

Highly experienced in treating a full range of orthopedic conditions. Our team of fellowship-trained orthopedic specialists works together with a multidisciplinary group of physicians and scientists to provide high-quality care to people with benign (noncancerous) and malignant (cancerous) conditions. These include musculoskeletal diseases such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid and other autoimmune arthritides, posttraumatic arthritis, avascular necrosis, bone and soft tissue sarcomas, metastatic diseases, benign neoplasms of bone and soft tissue, and all types of orthopedic injuries.

Specialized joint replacement care. When you receive a joint replacement at University of Miami Health System, your surgeon is an expert in the field who only dedicates his time performing joint replacement procedures. Our experienced physicians perform thousands of primary and complex joint replacements each year, using the latest advances in technology like minimally invasive hip replacement techniques and patient specific knee replacements. You can rely on their skills to relieve your joint pain and get you back to activities you love.

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Who Is a Candidate?


You may be a candidate for hip replacement surgery if conditions like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis have worn away the cartilage in your hip. If walking has become too painful and is not relieved by physical therapy or medicines, it may be time for hip replacement surgery. While most patients who qualify for hip replacement are between ages 55 and 80, younger patients with rheumatoid arthritis or older patients in very good health may also qualify.

Almost anyone who qualifies for a hip replacement is a candidate for this new, minimally invasive approach. However, if you have previously broken your hip and have screws, plates, or rods in your hip, you may not be able to undergo minimally invasive hip surgery.

What to Expect


A surgeon who specializes only in performing joint replacements will perform your minimally invasive hip surgery. You can rely on their experience to help you have great results.

At University of Miami Health System, we use fast-track protocols to help you recover quickly and return home after surgery. You’ll begin these protocols before your surgery even starts. First, you’ll take a class to learn what to expect from surgery and how to use walkers, canes, and other assistive equipment.

You’ll also be taught exercises you can do at home to start strengthening your leg. Maintaining good muscle strength is vital for returning to activities after surgery. On the day of your surgery, your nurse will give you medicines that will help fight nausea caused by anesthesia. You’ll also receive IV fluids to keep your blood pressure at a same level and pain medicines to stop pain before it starts.

Your surgery will take about one to two hours. You will receive a spinal anesthesia to prevent pain instead of general anesthesia to help reduce your risk for nausea and dizziness. You will also receive sedation to keep you calm and relaxed throughout surgery. During the surgery, your surgeon will make a small incision in the front of the hip. They will use these incision to guide tools into your hip to perform the replacement. They will also use X-ray guidance to ensure your new hip joint is precisely placed.

The surgeon will remove all areas of hip that are weakened. They will then place a metal rod will a ball at the top of the femur. They will prepare your hip socket to receive a titanium shell in your pelvis, which with a plastic liner for the ball to fit into, will create a ball-in-socket joint just like your natural hip. Once your new joint is in place, your surgeon will close the incision and you will begin to wake up. Once you are in your hospital room after surgery, a physical therapist will come visit you to get you up and walking on the same day of your surgery. Walking helps you heal more quickly and safely. You’ll usually only need to spend one night in the hospital and will be able to return home the next day. We will ensure your pain is under control before you go home so you can continue to participate in your recovery.

You will need to use attend outpatient physical therapy or have a physical therapist visit you in your home after your surgery. While you will be walking the same day as surgery, you will need to use a walker or a cane for a few weeks. By six weeks after surgery, you should be able to return to all your normal activities.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.

  • Aetna WC
  • Aetna Affiliates/Signature Adm (ASA)
  • Aetna Behavioral Health
  • Aetna Elect Choice (EPO)
  • Aetna Florida Healthy Kids
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicaid HMO
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 1
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 2
  • Aetna UM Employee POS HRA
  • Aetna/Coventry Institutes of Excellence (IOE)
  • Amerigroup Florida Healthy Kids
  • Amerigroup Medicaid HMO
  • Argus Vision
  • AvMed Choice
  • AvMed HMO/POS
  • AvMed MDC and JHS Groups
  • AvMed Medicare HMO
  • AXIS
  • BCBS Blue Options Network Blue PPO
  • BCBS BlueCare HealthOptions HMO
  • BCBS BlueChoice PPC/PPO
  • BCBS Miami Dade Blue PPO Limited Benefits Plan
  • BCBS of Florida (All products except "SELECT" Plans)
  • BCBS of Florida (Commercial plans exclude HIX Select)
  • BCBS Traditional PHS/PPO
  • Beacon Health (ValueOption)
  • Beech Street PPO
  • Broward Health Medical Center
  • CarePlus Medicare HMO
  • Catholic Hospice
  • CCP/CMS Title XIX (Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/CMS Title XXI (Non Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/MMA (Broward County residents)
  • Charlotte County Sheriffs Office PPO
  • Cigna Affiliates
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Cigna Dental HMO/PPO
  • Cigna EPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna Life Source (Intracorp is part of Cigna Lifesource)
  • Cigna MDCPS Jackson Sr. High
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna Shared Administration
  • Clear Health Alliance SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Concordia Behavioral Health
  • CorVel WC
  • Coventry First Health WC
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) HMO/POS
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) PPO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) HMO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) POS
  • Coventry National PPO
  • Coventry Summit Medicare HMO
  • Coventry Vista Medicare HMO
  • Coventry First Health PPO
  • Delta Dental PPO
  • DentaQuest (ADI)
  • DIKLA
  • Dimension WC
  • Dimension Plus PPO
  • Doctor's Healthcare Plan
  • EHN PPO
  • EQUIAN (Health Systems International)
  • Europe Assistance/Global Corporate Solutions (Care Management Network)
  • eyeQuest
  • FCCI WC
  • Florida Community Care (FCC)
  • Florida Healthcare Plan (Affiliate of BCBSFL)
  • Florida PACE (FPC)
  • Freedom Health Medicaid HMO
  • Freedom Health Medicare HMO
  • Gallagher Bassett WC (MDCPS & FCSRMC)
  • Global Excel Mgt PPO
  • Great West (Cigna) HMO/POS
  • Guardian Life PPO
  • HAA Preferred Partners
  • Health First Health HMO/POS
  • Health First Health Medicare HMO
  • Health First Health PPO
  • Health Net Veterans Choice HMO
  • Heritage Summit Healthcare WC
  • Humana Behavioral Health (LifeSynch)
  • Humana Dental/CompBenefits/OHS
  • Humana EPO
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Medicaid HMO
  • Humana Medicare HMO
  • Humana National Transplant
  • Humana PPO
  • Humana Premier
  • iCare Health Solutions
  • Interlink Health Services
  • International Kids Fund (IKF)
  • League Medical Concepts Federal Inmates
  • Life Trac
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Magellan Complete Care SNP Medicaid HMO
  • MDAbroad
  • Medica Medicare HMO
  • Medical Development In't (MDI)-Federal Inmates
  • Medicus
  • Metlife Dental PPO
  • MHNet Behavioral Network (MHNet)
  • Molina
  • Molina Market Place
  • Molina Medicaid HMO
  • Molina Medicare HMO
  • Morgan White International
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • Naphcare (Federal Prisoners)
  • National Healthcare Solutions Inc.
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan HMO/POS
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan PPO
  • North Broward Hospital District PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare
  • Optum
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicare HMO
  • Prestige Health Choice Medicaid HMO
  • Prime Health Services WC
  • Quality Health Management
  • Religious Order of Jehovah's Witnesses PPO
  • Rockport Healthcare Group WC
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises PPO
  • Sanus Health Corporation
  • Seasons Hospice
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Solstice Dental HMO/PPO
  • Start Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine
  • Sunshine AMBETTER
  • Sunshine Healthy Kids HMO
  • Sunshine Medicaid HMO
  • Sunshine Medicare HMO
  • Tricare South Prime HMO
  • Tricare South Standard PPO
  • United Behavioral Health (UBH)
  • UnitedHealthcare Affiliates
  • UnitedHealthcare Healthy Kids HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO/POS
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicaid HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Nursing Home Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • University of Miami Athletic Dept PPO
  • VUMI
  • Wellcare/Staywell Healthy Kids HMO
  • Wellcare/Staywell Medicaid HMO
  • Wexford Health State Inmates
  • Worldwide Managed Care