Minimally Invasive Surgery Options
Unicompartmental Knee Replacement
Knee arthritis can affect only one area of the knee, so your surgeon may recommend a partial knee replacement or Unicompartmental Knee Replacement. This type of replacement can preserve the healthy bone, cartilage, and ligaments.
Unicompartmental knee replacement is not suitable for all patients. Through an evaluation and consideration of several factors, your physician will determine if this procedure is an option for you.
This surgery may often be done as an outpatient procedure.
Physical Therapy is still an important part of your recovery. Your physician, along with your physical therapist, will determine the specific exercises for regaining your range of motion and your strength.
Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement
With minimally invasive hip replacement surgery, the procedure is similar to a total hip replacement, but there is less cutting of the tissue surrounding the hip. This in turn may lead to less pain following surgery, a quicker recovery, and a faster return to normal activities.
Minimally invasive hip replacement surgery is not suitable for all patients. Through an evaluation and consideration of several factors, your physician will determine if this procedure is an option for you.
Anterior Hip Replacement
- Incision is 3-4 inches in length and located at the front of the hip.
- Muscles and tendons do not need to be detached.
A hip arthroscopy allows your physician a clear view of the inside of your hip joint. It is performed with a surgical device called an arthroscope (camera), which is approximately the size of a pencil. Your surgeon is able to view the inside of the joint on a video monitor where he/she can inspect, remove, repair, or reconstruct damaged parts of a joint through several small incisions of approximately one-half inch. Arthroscopic procedures are most often performed on an outpatient basis, allowing you to return home the same day.