Millions of Americans are living with painful knees, and with baby boomers aging, that number is growing. For many, that means surgery and a lot of rehabilitation
But at SJRMC, a minimally invasive knee replacement surgery is giving patients a leg up on a much faster recovery. Minimally invasive knee replacement at SJRMC involves the use of a smaller incision than the one used in traditional procedures. In the traditional method, the incision averages 8 to 10 inches in length; in minimally invasive knee surgery, it is only 4 to 6 inches long. The procedure does not dislocate the knee or the kneecap or cut into the muscle or thigh, which is what speeds the recovery
Other advantages to the patient include:
- Less pain than with traditional procedure
- Rapid recovery
- Minimal rehab
- Minimally invasive incision
- Precision implant position
- Easy recovery
- Preservation of healthy tissue
- Patient-specific, custom fit for men and women
The surgery is usually complete in less than two hours. What’s more, a comprehensive management pathway that coordinates SJRMC’s nursing, surgical, and physical therapy teams may even help the patient avoid an overnight stay. Minimally invasive knee surgery is one example of SJRMC’s team approach to equally weighted preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care that is helping many in our community eliminate the pain and gain back their independence,
Prior to undergoing minimally invasive knee surgery at age 57, Alan Pisarski said, “I’ve had severe knee pain for approximately ten years, and it’s actually come down to quality of life.”
Alan’s leg had become deformed due to degenerative arthritis, and he was unable to straighten his leg completely. With no muscle or tendons cut, Alan was in physical therapy less than three hours after surgery.
Two weeks later, he played a round of golf.