Minimally invasive knee replacement is the surgical procedure similar to traditional Knee Replacement, and It requires less cutting of the tissue surrounding the knee. The artificial implants used are the same as those used for traditional knee replacement. However, specially designed surgical instruments are used to prepare the femur and tibia and to place the implants properly.
- Traditional Total Knee Replacement involves a roughly 6″ to 8″ incision over the knee. The recovery period (during which the patient walks with a walker or cane) typically lasting from one to three months.
- Minimally-Invasive Knee Replacement is a new surgical technique that allows surgeons to insert the same knee replacement implants through a shorter incision around 3″ to 4″.
Advantages of Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Less damage to the skin and surrounding soft tissue, including muscles, ligaments, and tendons
- Smaller scar
- Less blood loss during surgery
- Lower rates of complications such as blood clots, pneumonia, infection and stiffness
- Less post-operative pain
Cost of Surgery
The cost of minimally invasive knee replacement procedure varies from $5000 to $15000 depending on other factors and one geographic area to another.