Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement Surgery Performed in Freehold, NJ
For certain people, minimally invasive knee replacement surgery can be an effective alternative to a traditional knee replacement procedure for alleviating pain and restoring mobility that was lost due to joint damage. The knowledgeable and friendly knee specialists at New Jersey Joints in Freehold, NJ, are dedicated to helping our patients find the most appropriate treatment options for their unique situations. In doing so, we help them feel more confident in their healthcare choices.
The hard-working knee joint, which serves as a hinge that joins the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone), is susceptible to damage. Within this complex joint, cartilage acts as a cushion that allows the bones to move freely against each other. The bones are also connected by muscles and tendons that keep the joint stable. In a healthy knee, all of these components work together seamlessly, but a knee replacement may become necessary if any of these parts break down. This can occur due to a traumatic injury, repetitive wear and tear, a degenerative condition like osteoarthritis, or an inflammatory condition like rheumatoid arthritis.
Prior to considering a knee replacement — which the orthopedic experts at New Jersey Joints in Freehold generally view as a last resort — we may recommend conservative treatments like physical therapy, knee bracing, weight loss, and medications. Many people find nonsurgical therapies to be very effective for symptom relief; however, surgery is the only treatment that can address the underlying issue. Therefore, if the discomfort persists or worsens, a knee replacement may be the next step.
As compared to traditional knee replacement surgery, some of the benefits of minimally invasive knee replacement surgery include:
- Smaller, less disruptive incisions
- Less trauma to surrounding muscles and tendons (muscle-sparing techniques are used to spread these tissues and access the knee joint without cutting)
- Less post-operative pain
- Faster recovery and rehabilitation
Of course, there are many considerations that should factor into a determination of whether a patient is a candidate for a knee replacement procedure in general, and minimally invasive knee replacement surgery specifically. To make that decision, a surgeon at New Jersey Joints will take a complete medical history; perform a thorough physical examination, which may include imaging studies and range-of-motion testing; and fully discuss all treatment options with the patient.
If you have questions, you can contact New Jersey Joints to schedule a personal consultation at our office in Freehold, NJ.