What is a minimally invasive knee replacement?
A total knee replacement surgery involves replacing the diseased knee joint with a metal prosthesis. A minimally invasive knee replacement involves the replacement of the knee joint, using a smaller incision. This can have many benefits, including a shorter recovery time and less pain in some patients.
Am I a good candidate for a minimally invasive knee replacement?
Minimally invasive incisions can have significant benefits in some patients. However, patient size, anatomy, and degree of arthritis or deformity may play a role in the decision as to whether or not a minimally invasive incision is right for you. After viewing your x-rays and examining your knee, your physician can counsel you on whether or not minimally invasive surgery is right for you.
What are the benefits of a minimally invasive knee replacement?
In some patients, the benefits of minimally invasive knee replacement may include:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Quicker recovery
- Less narcotic use
What can I expect from a minimally invasive knee replacement?
You can expect the following from a minimally invasive knee replacement:
- A complete pre-operative workup that will focus on preparing you for your minimally invasive knee surgery
- One to two hour surgery
- One to three days in the hospital, with physical therapy beginning the day following surgery
- A comprehensive pain management protocol and decreasing dependence on pain medication day by day
- Physical therapy in the hospital, and for some patients, ongoing therapy at home or on an outpatient basis
- A return to routine activities within six to twelve weeks following surgery