A minimally invasive surgical approach for knee replacement is designed to minimize disruption of tissue surrounding the knee. Specially designed surgical instruments are used to prepare the femur and tibia and place a standard knee replacement implant through a short incision – 4 to 6 inches. In addition to a shorter incision, the surgical approach to gain access to the knee joint avoids trauma to the quadriceps tendon and muscles in the front of the thigh.
Other minimally invasive techniques called "midvastus" and "subvastus" make small incisions in the muscle but are also less invasive than traditional knee replacement. Minimized disruption to the muscle may lead to less postoperative pain and reduced recovery time. The hospital stay after minimally invasive surgery is similar in length to the stay after traditional knee replacement surgery--ranging from 1 to 4 days.1
Minimally invasive total knee replacement is not suitable for all patients. Your doctor will conduct a thorough evaluation and consider several factors before determining if the procedure is an option for you.
ExactechGPS Guided Personalized Surgery
ExactechGPS® Guided Personalized Surgery is the latest advancement in technology that provides surgeons with real-time visual guidance in total knee surgery. This advanced platform combines surgeon expertise with a computer system to perform your knee surgery with a goal of advanced accuracy and precision, allowing for simple adjustments, minimally invasive techniques and implant alignment personalized to your unique anatomy.