Total Knee Replacement

Minimally Invasive Approach

A total knee replacement surgery involves replacing the diseased knee joint with a metal prosthesis. A minimally invasive knee replacement involves the replacement of the knee joint using a smaller incision. This can have many benefits, including a shorter recovery time and less pain in some patients.


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What are the benefits of a minimally invasive knee replacement?

 In some patients, the benefits of minimally invasive knee replacement may include:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery
  • Less narcotic use

What can I expect from a minimally invasive knee replacement?

 You can expect the following from a minimally invasive knee replacement:

  • A complete pre-operative workup focusing on preparing you for your minimally invasive knee surgery
  • One to two hour surgery
  • One to three days in the hospital, with physical therapy beginning the day following surgery
  • A comprehensive pain management protocol and decreasing dependence on pain medication day by day
  • Physical therapy in the hospital, and for some patients, ongoing therapy at home or on an outpatient basis
  • A return to routine activities within six to twelve weeks following surgery

Am I a good candidate for a knee replacement?

 You are a good candidate for a knee replacement if:

  • Your knee pain interferes with your normal, routine activities
  • Physical therapy and conservative management have not helped to control your knee pain
  • You have imaging findings demonstrating significant cartilage loss or damage or advanced osteonecrosis, a condition caused by abnormal blood flow to the cartilage

Am I a good candidate for a minimally invasive approach?


Patient size, anatomy, and degree of arthritis or deformity may play a role in the decision as to whether or not a minimally invasive incision is right for you. After viewing your x-rays and examining your knee, your physician can counsel you on whether or not minimally invasive surgery is right for you.