MiniHip: a bone conserving method of arthroplasty designed for younger athletic people to give unlimited range of motion and activity using large diameter acetabular articulation in cases where traditional hip resurfacing is contraindicated or as a choice when the often used metal-on-metal solution is not desired due to concern for metal ion issues.  The mini-hip, as per Dr. Snyder of NWOA, is built from Stryker/Corin components ... [read more]

My story is one of 20 years of gradual hip degeneration, in my case classified as FAI: femoral acetabular impingment, simply a heavily used hip joint from a highly active lifestyle, perhaps initiated by some labrum tear at a moment of particular stress/strain and then progressive involvement ... [read more]

My LEFT HIP SURGERY was intended to be a resurfacing so as to take advantage of the unrestricted activity promised by this procedure, yet, alas, my femoral head was too necrotic for the planned Cormet resurfacing cap to adhere, so the surgeon used the mini-hip fall-back plan, which to my joy has shown to be equal to the resurfacing in activity and possibly surpasses it in range of motion and speed of recovery ... [read more]

My RIGHT HIP SURGERY was planned from the outset to include the mini-hip as my choice due to the ease of recovery and athletic abilities that I experienced with my left hip plus my liking of the very small incision.  As it turned out, my recovery from this second surgery was much quicker than the first with normal acivities returning within days instead of weeks .... [read more]

I have benefited from my 20 years as a bodyworker in designing a rehab program for myself.  I have listed the therapies that I found useful on the POST-OP THERAPIES page and my recovery times are detailed in the pages LEFT HIP and RIGHT HIP.  I found these times comparable to what I had anticipated when considering hip resurfacing.  Yet my right hip proved clearly much faster.  I have the advantage of the direct anterior approach, plus the minihip it seems is clearly an 'easier on the patient' surgery... [read more]