Minimally Invasive Surgical Approaches For Hip Replacement

Surgeons have been trying to perform total knee replacement through smaller incisions since 2001. Surgical tools and techniques have been developed to allow this complicated surgery to now be performed in this manner. However, we have learned that smaller incisions also limit visibility and potentially can decrease our accuracy and increase the complications of the procedure. Therefore, I use incisions that are long enough to allow adequate visibility to accurately and safely perform the procedure while trying to minimize the associated soft tissue damage to surrounding muscles and ligaments. The benefits to the patients include smaller scars and hopefully a quicker return of function to the affected knee. With current anesthesia and pain management techniques, we can have patients walking on the day of surgery and ready to go home within 24 to 48 hours.