MIS Knee Replacement
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.