Total Knee Surgical Approaches
Which Surgical Approach is Best for Knee Replacement?
Once you have made the decision to have knee replacement surgery, you will discover that there are options not only for the types of implants but the surgical approach as well. The two major options are the traditional approach versus minimally invasive surgery (MIS). Since the only change between MIS and traditional surgery is in the surgical technique, the long-term clinical outcomes are similar.
You should discuss this with your surgeon who will determine which implant and surgical approach are right for you based on your specific anatomy and physical condition.
Using this approach, the surgeon makes an eight to twelve inch incision and operates on the knee using standard surgical technique. Generally, the incision is made along the front and toward the middle or along the front and to the side of the knee. This approach typically requires three to five recovery days in the hospital and about twelve weeks of recovery time.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Knee replacement surgery can also be performed using minimally invasive techniques. With a MIS procedure, the incision is typically three to four inches, which can result in reduced trauma to tissue, less pain during recovery, and decreased blood loss, all of which can contribute to a quicker recovery. Because the surgeon cuts less muscle, healing occurs faster and you also may experience better range of motion after recovery.
Robotic Assisted Surgery
Robotic assisted surgical techniques help the surgeon to plan and execute a surgical procedure that is truly specific to your condition and anatomy resulting in improved joint function. OMNIBotics, an innovative computer controlled, robotic assisted total knee replacement procedure designed by OMNI, provides your surgeon with the robotics to plan and execute a surgical procedure that is truly specific to your condition and anatomy. This procedure has been proven to improve the accuracy of the intended leg alignment, which may result in improved joint function*. To learn more about the OMNIBotic procedure, click here.
*Clarke, "Robotic vs Computer assisted Navigation in TKA, Intraoperative Efficiency and Accuracy", ISRN Orthopedics Colume 2013, Article ID 794827
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