Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement
If you feel persistent knee pain due to arthritis or degenerative joint disease, you may find relief through a traditional or minimally invasive knee replacement surgery at Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital.
You’ll benefit from some of the most respected joint surgeons in Southeast Wisconsin. They’ll provide a patient-specific procedure that will exchange part or all of your damaged knee for an artificial joint that reduces discomfort and assists you in restoring the full use of your leg.
Find a surgeon in the Milwaukee area to learn more about your condition and if you qualify for a less invasive knee replacement surgery.
Do I Qualify For Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement?
You may be a candidate for minimally invasive knee replacement surgery if you meet all these criteria:
- You haven’t felt long-term pain relief from conservative treatments, such as knee therapy and rehabilitation, or pain management techniques, such as cortisone injections
- Your knee structure is stable
- You don’t have severe osteoporosis, or loss of bone mass, around your knee
- You haven’t had open surgery on the joint you’d like replaced
- Your weight is proportional to your height
How Does Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement Work?
Your surgeon at Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital will make an incision three to four inches long – shorter than the eight- to 12-inch incision used in open knee replacement surgery. This minimally invasive approach keeps more of your muscles and tendons intact, which reduces pain and speeds your recovery. Your doctor will use small, precise surgical tools to remove damaged cartilage and some bone, and then implant your new, artificial joint.
How Do I Prepare For This Knee Replacement Procedure?
You’ll get the best possible outcome from your less invasive knee replacement surgery if you prepare for the procedure by participating in Joint Effort. This free class provides education, peer support and personalized guidance from medical experts. You and a loved one will feel more comfortable about your surgery when you:
- Meet your nurses, therapists and other care team members
- See where your surgery will take place
- Get answers to your questions
Read our Hip & Knee Surgery (PDF) guidebook to find out how to get yourself and your home ready so you enjoy the fullest possible recovery after your procedure. Then, prepare for your visit to our facility by learning what to bring for your stay, how early to arrive before your operation, and other helpful information.
Will I Need to Have Another Knee Replacement Surgery?
Your new joint will last up to two decades, thanks to our sophisticated surgical techniques and technology. But a surgeon may need to replace your artificial knee if:
- You outlive the implant
- You often perform high-impact athletic activities that wear down the joint
- The implant loosens or slips out of place
- Your knee becomes infected
If you notice pain, stiffness or swelling after recovering from knee replacement surgery, talk to your surgeon at Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital. You may benefit from knee revisioning or a replacement of your artificial joint.