Knee replacement is often required when a patient suffers from severe arthritis of the knee, and our minimally invasive approach offers patients a number of potential benefits including:
There is no data showing the long-term advantages in clinical outcome or implant longevity for this procedure, so research is ongoing to examine this outcome data.
While all surgery is invasive by nature, this procedure limits the invasiveness of the knee replacement by minimizing the incision length and surgical dissection.
Typically, minimally invasive knee replacement can be completed with a four- to six-inch incision, as opposed to the eight to 10-inch incision required by traditional knee replacement surgery.
At Duke Orthopaedics our surgeons are trained in computer-assisted surgery, which is often used in this procedure to aid in the exact placement of the prosthesis. This is important since increased visualization is needed because less of the knee is exposed.
While the effectiveness of this surgery is still being researched and debated, our orthopaedists are specially trained in performing minimally invasive knee surgery and consistently produce positive outcomes for patients.
Our surgeons will work with each patient to determine if this form of surgery is the most appropriate for the patient’s situation.
Surgeons at the Duke Total Joint Center -- including Michael P. Bolognesi, MD; David E. Attarian, MD; Scott S. Kelley, MD; and Samuel S. Wellman, MD -- perform more than 1,500 hip and knee replacements each year on patients ranging from young adults to senior citizens..
Call 888-ASK-DUKE (888-275-3853) to schedule an appointment with a Duke orthopaed provider in Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill.
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