This document replaces previous guidance on single mini-incision hip replacement (interventional procedure guidance 152) and minimally invasive two-incision surgery for total hip replacement (interventional procedure guidance 112).
1.1 Current evidence on the safety and efficacy of minimally invasive total hip replacement appears adequate to support the use of this procedure provided that normal arrangements are in place for clinical governance, consent and audit.
1.2 Surgeons undertaking this procedure should have specific training in the minimally invasive technique they are using, and in use of the instrumentation it requires.
1.3 Patient selection should be done by surgeons and their teams who can offer both conventional and minimally invasive total hip replacement.
1.4 Clinicians should submit data on all patients treated using this procedure to the National Joint Registry.