Minimally Invasive vs. Traditional Total Knee Replacement Surgery

If you’ve decided to have a total knee replacement, you might be considering a minimally invasive procedure. This type of surgery uses smaller incisions and less cutting of the tissue surrounding the knee. The advantage of such a surgery is that it allows for faster recovery, a shorter hospital stay and less blood loss.But aside from these potential short-term advantages, there’s good reason to strongly consider a traditional surgery for a total knee replacement.

Be sure to talk it over with your doctor. While the minimally invasive approach is not for everyone, the risk of complications associated with a more complex operation may outweigh its benefits for you.Whatever surgery you choose, evidence suggests that minimally invasive surgery is no more beneficial than traditional total knee replacement in the long term.

The first thing to do is get options from a surgeon who does minimally invasive total knee replacement and one who does only traditional surgery, and weigh the pros and cons of each.

After your decision:

  • Choose a surgeon who is highly experienced and performs a large volume of the type of procedure you want.
  • Work with your doctor to lose weight to reduce the strain placed on your knees.
  • Stay as active as possible. Before your operation, have your physician recommend exercises that strengthen your quadriceps without causing pain. Good examples are riding a stationary bicycle and swimming or water therapy.
  • Exhaust all conservation treatments, such as medications, injections and physical therapy, before considering knee replacement.

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