Advantages of Knee Replacement
Because fewer muscles and tendons are disturbed with the minimally invasive techniques, their reconstruction is more natural, wound closure may be easier, and recovery may be faster.
Risks Associated with Minimally Invasive Surgery
The MIS Knee Joint Replacement technique is significantly less invasive than conventional TKR, but it is still a major surgery. It takes little additional time to complete and may result in advantages for you. Joint replacement surgery is a major surgery and significant complications, while rare, can occur.
As with any major surgical procedure, patients who undergo total joint replacement are at risk for certain complications, the vast majority of which can be successfully avoided or treated. In fact, the complication rate following joint replacement surgery is very low. Serious complications, such as joint infection, occur in less than 2% of patients.2 (Besides infection, possible complications include blood clots and lung congestion, or pneumonia.)
You Don’t Have to Live with Knee Pain
You don’t have to live with severe knee pain and the limitations it puts on your activities. If you haven’t experienced adequate relief with medication and other conservative treatments, MIS Knee Joint Replacement may provide the pain relief you long for and enable you to return to your favorite activities. Remember, even if your doctor recommends knee replacement for you, it is still up to you to make the final decision. The ultimate goal is for you to be as comfortable as possible with your choice—and that always means making the best decision based on your own individual needs.
For more information visit www.joints.webmd.com and contact your doctor.