MIS Knee Replacement

MIS Knee Replacement

Knee Arthroplasty Knee replacement surgery is very effective in relieving pain and correcting deformity from arthritis. Knee replacement surgery involves removing the damaged areas of cartilage and a small amount of bone, and then placing metal and plastic components in their place. In a total knee replacement all joint surfaces, (tibia, femur, and patella) are replaced.  In cases where only a part of the knee is arthritic a partial knee replacement can be done. Dr. Clinton uses minimally invasive techniques for knee replacement. This allows for smaller incisions and less soft tissue damage. The result is less post-operative pain and a quicker recovery. We also now use computer navigation to aid in placing the knee in ideal alignment while using small incisions. While knee replacement is a painful surgery we now have much better methods for post-operative pain control. We use long acting local anesthetic for a joint block at the time of surgery. This is very effective at controlling pain for the first 48-72 hours. Following this we use multimodal pain management techniques for effective pain control. While traditional knee replacement often required a 3-4 day hospital stay with minimally invasive techniques many patients are now able to have knee replacement as outpatients (go home the same day); most others go home the day following surgery. While full recovery takes 6-12 months, patients begin walking right away and most can return to work within 4-8 weeks. Pieces for a knee replacement