The minimally invasive knee replacement procedure is same as a traditional knee replacement. The traditional knee replacement requires around 6 to 8 inches long incision. The patient size and the extent of the joint damage can sometimes determine the length of the incision. The cut allows the surgeon to fully visualize the joint, the diseased tissues, and the implants. Minimally invasive total knee replacement may also require a 3 to 4-inch incision, without cutting through the quadriceps tendons and muscles. Half the length of a traditional knee replacement incision. The surgeon can perform surgery through such a short incision because they use instruments specifically designed to move around soft tissue, rather than cut through it.
Cost of Surgery
The cost of minimally invasive knee replacement procedure varies from $5000 to $15000 depending on other factors and one geographic area to another.
A good candidate for Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement (MIS)?
The MIS is neither appropriate nor possible for every patient who has been diagnosed as needing replacement. Each patient is evaluated individually. So you will need to consult with your surgeon for the treatment options that are best for you. In general, candidates for MIS are of average weight, in good health and have not had that joint previously replaced.
Benefits of Surgery
- Shorter hospital stay
- Quicker mobilization
- Accelerated recovery process
- Preserves healthy tissues and muscles
- Reduced blood loss
- Less scar tissue
- Today’s implant’s offer exceptional outcomes, but traditional surgical techniques require a long joint rehabilitation. Surgeon understands that patients desire to heal quickly so they can return to a more active and enjoyable lifestyle.
Risks of Surgery
While uncommon, risk can occur during and after surgery. Some Risk includes:
- Blood clots
- Implant breakage
- Premature wear
- Although implant surgery is successful in most operations, some patients still experience stiffness and pain in the joint. No implant will last forever. Factors such as the patient’s post-surgical activities & weight can affect longevity. Be sure to discuss these and other risks with your Doctor.