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For over a year, we have been hearing a great deal about potential benefits of minimally invasive knee replacement surgery. However, according to a recent news release from the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, minimally invasive knee surgery may not be right for every patient choosing to undergo elective total knee replacement.

hospital-hand-1100587-mIf you are speaking with an orthopedic surgeon about having a total knee replacement, there is a decent chance you are discussing the risks and benefits of having the minimally invasive procedure. As the name implies, minimally invasive knee replacement involves using a smaller incision than in traditional or “open” total knee replacement and does not involve cutting as much muscle or other tissue surrounding the knee joint. This can result in a hospital stay that is shorter, as well as a shorter recovery period. There is also less blood loss, which can make the surgery safer in many cases. For these reasons, the Cleveland Clinic recommends you discuss this option with your surgeon. Continue reading

There are a various reasons a person might have total knee replacement. Some suffer sports injuries. Others have incurred catastrophic injury, such as being in a serious car accident. Then there are those who suffer chronic issues, such as years of arthritis pain.

While a broken knee as a result of a serious car accident can lead to the need for a total knee replacement, the most common reason people see an orthopedic surgeon to consider an artificial knee implant is because they have been suffering from osteoarthritis for years, and the pain is at a point where it has become difficult to walk or do any of the tasks required for daily living.

hospital-corridor-3-65901-mAccording to a recent news feature from Reuters, a total knee replacement is being suggested as a way to “turn back the clock” on serious and painful osteoarthritis. Researchers have seen that after a patient undergoes a total knee replacement, he or she is likely to have substantially less pain and increased range of movement and leg function compared to the time prior to the operation. However, it is important to understand that, following a knee replacement to treat serious osteoarthritis, a patient will not feel as good as they did when they were young and pain free, but they may still feel a great deal better. Continue reading

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