Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) for Hip and Knee Replacement is advancement in joint replacement that offers important advantages over standard surgical procedures. MIS procedures and surgical instruments are designed to help surgeons do their very best to help you recover and get back to your regular daily lifestyle as quickly as possible. These techniques bring together a wide variety of hip and knee implants, new minimally invasive surgical techniques, and new instrumentation.
Knee replacement is a surgical procedure that decreases pain and improves the quality of life in many patients with severe osteoarthritis. Typically, patients undergo this surgery after non-operative treatments have failed to provide relief of symptoms. Patients with osteoarthritis that is localized to just one part of the knee may be candidates for unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA), also know as partial knee replacement. Surgeons have performed total and unicompartmental knee arthroplasty for over three decades with excellent results.
Traditional knee replacement involves a 7-8 inch incision over the knee, a hospital stay of 3-5 days, and a recovery period lasting 1-3 months during which the patient walks with a walker or cane.