How Do I Know If I Need Knee Replacement Surgery?
If all non-surgical options have been unsuccessful, total knee replacement surgery may be performed. Your surgeon will discuss all surgical options with you including a minimally invasive knee replacement or a traditional knee replacement. Your best surgical option and treatment plan will be determined together.
Knee replacement candidates generally suffer from:
What Are the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement Surgery?
As a relatively new procedure, minimally invasive knee replacement surgery is more complicated than a traditional knee replacement. However, this approach can lead to faster rehabilitation, less pain, and a shorter hospital stay thanks to the smaller incisions and new approach to accessing the joint. The minimally invasive technique may not be best for every patient depending on age and the knee condition.
How Does Traditional Knee Replacement Surgery Work?
While the long-term impacts for both types of total knee replacement are similar, the technique for the surgery has a few distinct differences. With traditional knee replacement surgery, a larger incision is made in the knee and extends farther into the quadricep muscle. The recovery time can be longer due to the cutting of more tendons with this method. This method is used when a surgeon requires a more direct access to the knee joint in order to successfully insert the new hardware.