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Orthopedic MIS Comes of Age

Executive Summary

Minimally invasive surgeries, once predicted to replace open surgeries across the board, have never taken off to a great degree, because MIS required more intricate and demanding manipulations that were uncomfortable, if not outright impossible for surgeons. It is against this background of MIS's stalled success that the adoption of minimally invasive techniques in that most unlikely of surgical specialties, orthopedics, and in particular, hip and knee joint replacements, is most amazing. A half decade after the introduction of the first true MIS procedures in total hip replacement, orthopedic surgeons have continued to push penetration rates of MIS well beyond what anyone might have expected.

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