Like traditional knee replacement surgery, minimally-invasive total knee replacement is aimed at achieving the same goals – removing damaged cartilage and eliminating painful symptoms that occur from injury or degenerative changes. But unlike the traditional approach, minimally-invasive knee surgery uses a smaller incision – typically about half the length of a normal incision or less. Minimally invasive surgery also uses special instruments so damage to the tissue surrounding the joint is minimized.
The procedure uses the same sequence as open surgery – prepare the bone surface to accept the implants, position the implants, resurface the patella as needed, and insert a spacer to facilitate movement – but less muscle and other soft tissue is cut, and the incision is significantly smaller, which means faster healing and fewer complications. Special instruments are also used that have been designed to perform procedures through smaller incisions.
Because minimally-invasive techniques use smaller incisions, less tissue damage occurs, which means most patients experience faster healing and recovery as well as less pain. The risk of infection is also decreased through the use of a smaller incision.
No, while many procedures can be performed using this technique, some patients will benefit from the use of the traditional open technique that enables the surgeon to see more of the material in and around the joint.
Generally, the best candidates for this approach are patients who are younger and of a healthy weight. Patients also need to be very motivated to participate in all aspects of physical therapy. Dr. Gross will be able to determine if a minimally-invasive approach is right for you.
We accept assignment from Medicare, Worker's Compensation, and most PPO's. Here is a short list of just some of the plans we accept. Unfortunately, we do not accept HMO or Medi-Cal.
We accept cash, checks and most credit cards for your convenience. We will bill your insurance company; however, payment is the patient's responsibility. We will help in every way we can to assist in handling claims. Insurance co-payments are due at the time of service.
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