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Muscle and Soft Tissue Protection

View of the hip joint during implantation of a short hip stem prosthesis
View of the hip joint during implantation of a short hip stem prosthesis

The externally visible length of the cut is not the decisive criterion for a less invasive procedure. In fact, what matters is reduced impairment and preservation of the muscles, tendons and soft tissue under the skin.

During surgery, retractors are used to move the patient’s soft tissue to the side so that there will be a good view of the hip joint. Because of differences in design and the design philosophies of the implants, there can be additional separation or severing of the muscles. When the wound is closed these have to be sutured together again and will need time to heal, and therefore remobilizing the patient will take place over a longer period of time.

The most important advantage of the short hip stem is evident in this case, since there is a smaller access point because of the higher severing plane on the femoral neck and no muscles have to be severed. It is possible for the retractors to hold them to the sides during surgery to allow access. After the implant has been positioned, the layers of muscles are put back into place.