As one of the leading orthopedic surgeons in New York, Dr. McLawhorn specializes in minimally invasive hip surgery, specifically robotic hip surgery. He offers only the most advanced and comprehensive surgical techniques, including robotic-assisted hip replacement.
Dr. McLawhorn’s focus is always on enhancing and minimizing his patients' recovery period while personalizing their care. This may include pain management strategies prior to suggesting hip replacement. If hip replacement is needed, Dr. McLawhorn uses computer-assisted technology, which allows many patients to go home the same day as surgery.
What is Robotic-Assisted Hip Replacement Surgery?
Dr. McLawhorn can treat a variety of hip conditions with robotic-assisted surgery, including rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, hip impingement syndrome, and other medical conditions that cause debilitating hip pain with loss of motion. When it comes to hip surgery, the most important factors are eliminating pain, restoring function, and expediting recovery. Using very precise surgical techniques, such robotic-assisted surgery, can optimize your surgical outcome, reduce recovery time, and help you get back to living an active lifestyle.
Is Robotic Surgery Better?
Traditional hip surgery offers patients a variety of benefits, however, robotic-assisted surgery offers additional benefits as well. These include:
- Improved precision of technique: High-tech 3D imaging allows for enhanced incision placement as well as the placement of hip components.
- Bone preservation: Enhanced component placement also helps to preserve more bone.
- Surgical customization: Robotic techniques also allow for customization, which is necessary for every patient’s unique anatomy.
Where is the Incision Located?
Incision placement is usually made over the outer thigh. There are multiple surgical approaches that can be used, such as anterior, posterior, and lateral, so the exact location of the incision may vary between patients. For example, a posterior approach involves making an incision at the back of your hip, whereas an anterior approach is made in the front. The incisional approach for your hip replacement will depend on your anatomy, weight, and which approach is safest for you.
The actual recovery period does depend on several factors, which include your age, health, and your rehab period after surgery. In some cases, patients may recover faster after robotic-assisted surgery given the smaller incision and less trauma to your muscles and tissues. Many patients begin walking within a few days after surgery and usually return to normal activities several weeks after surgery. Full recovery may take several months, depending on participation in physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
As an expert in the field of robotic-assisted hip surgery, Dr. McLawhorn understands the complexity of hip surgery, both traditional and robotic. If you are suffering from hip pain that has not responded to conservative treatment contact Dr. McLawhorn’s New York or Connecticut office at 212-606-1065 or 203-705-2113 to schedule a consultation.