Is it possible to replace a knee or hip joint with a minimally invasive surgical procedure?
In each case, special procedures are used that avoid the cutting of major muscles or key tendons. And that ultimately leads to smaller exterior scars and a quicker recovery.
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement Surgery
“One of the main differences is that smaller incisions are necessary with these surgeries,” Dr. Greehow says. “But the more important factor is that, because no major muscles or tendons are cut, there is less blood loss, less tissue trauma, a shorter hospital stay, less pain for the patient after it’s done and often a less challenging initial rehabilitation period.”
Loucks and Greenhow perform the MIS Anterior hip replacement and the MIS Quad-Sparing knee replacement surgeries at the North Campus of the Medical Center of Aurora and Sky Ridge Medical Center. They were trained in the relatively new procedures by Dr. Joel Matta, a renowned Los Angeles-based orthopedic surgeon.
Ultimately, the incision required for a minimally invasive hip replacement is about three inches, as opposed to the standard 12- to 14-inch cut required with traditional techniques. With knee replacements, the minimally invasive incision might be 3 to 5 inches in length instead of 10 inches with standard procedures.