Minimally Invasive Surgery
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery for Knee Replacements
Minimally Invasive Surgery is a new solution to the traditional problems of knee surgery – scarring, excessive downtime and post-operative pain. Knee replacement has undergone continuous innovation in order to limit these problems as well as wear-and-tear, loosening and loss of range of motion in the artificial knee.
Minimally invasive surgery is meant to keep the problems associated with joint surgeries to a minimum. Prior to minimally invasive knee replacement techniques, knee surgery meant thick scars and an extended recovery time. Compared to traditional total joint replacement, minimally invasive (MIS) knee joint replacement is a drastic improvement in knee replacement in a number of areas, including shorter hospital stay, shorter recovery time, less blood loss1 and potentially less scarring.
Because of the complexity of joints and joint replacement therapy, some of the material regarding knee replacement procedures might seem confusing; feel free to make note of anything that might confuse you. Dr. Lyman will be happy to discuss any questions you have regarding the procedures and pathologies related to knee injuries and knee replacement therapies, and wants to make you feel comfortable with your knee care solution.
Knee replacement is a surgical procedure in which the damaged knee joint is replaced with an artificial joint called a prosthesis. The prosthesis is designed to move just like a healthy human joint intended to relieve pain from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. Knee replacement is now one of the safest and most successful types of surgeries as a result of minimally invasive methodologies. In well over 90% of cases the minimally invasive surgery is complication-free and results in significant pain relief and restoration of mobility.
Last Modified: September 14, 2011