Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement Surgery in Massapequa, NY
Do you struggle to perform daily activities because of your severe knee pain, swelling, and discomfort? Knee replacement surgery depends on your age, weight, activities, and overall health. Dr. Paul Dicpinigaitis MD, and his team offer orthopedic minimally invasive knee replacement surgery to replace the injured component of the knee with an artificial one in order to relieve pain, improve mobility, allow patients to perform their normal activities fastly, and shorten recovery time. Knee replacement surgery can be used to treat knee arthritis, osteoarthritis, and other conditions. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 5840 Merrick Road Massapequa, NY 11758. We serve patients from Massapequa NY, Amityville NY, Bellmore NY, Merrick NY, Wantagh NY, Bethpage NY, Plainedge NY, and Farmingdale NY.
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What is the least invasive surgery for knee replacement?
Who is a good candidate for less invasive knee replacement?
What conditions does knee replacement surgery treat?
How long does a minimally invasive knee replacement last?
If you are suffering from severe knee and joint pain, a new minimally invasive knee replacement surgery may be the answer you have been looking for, providing a faster healing time and less trauma to the surrounding tissue than the traditional method of a knee replacement procedure. Living with knee pain can be incredibly uncomfortable and can make doing daily tasks very difficult. While anti-inflammatory medications, pain medications, or cortisone shots can alleviate that pain, they are not long term solutions. Speak to our professional team at Dr. Paul Dicpinigaitis’ office today to see if you are a good candidate for a minimally invasive knee replacement surgery.
The least invasive surgery for a knee replacement is a minimally invasive version of a traditional knee replacement. This procedure is a modern approach to a traditional knee replacement, allowing for an incision that is only 4 to 6 inches in length, rather than the normal 8-10 inches. This smaller incision length requires different surgical instruments to more easily maneuver in the small opening, but is able to use the same artificial implants as in a traditional knee replacement. The smaller incision also allows for less of the tissue to be cut that is surrounding the knee. This means that any trauma that is typically caused to the tendons and muscle tissue of the quadriceps is avoided, allowing for a faster recovery time with less pain.
While both the traditional procedure for knee replacement and the minimally invasive procedure come with risks including infection or blood clots, the minimally invasive procedure is safe for less patients than the traditional method. Some indicators of a good candidate for the minimally invasive knee replacement include being considered a healthy weight, on the younger side, and just healthier in general. Recovery from the minimally invasive option requires for the patient to be motivated throughout the rehabilitation process and is considered low risk for the possible side effects. As well, those who have already undergone knee surgeries or treatments in the past, or who have a deformity in their knee, may not be eligible for the minimally invasive procedure. Eligibility for the minimally invasive knee replacement can vary case by case, so if you wish to learn if you would be considered a good candidate, speak to an orthopedic surgeon for more information.
The most common conditions that patients will suffer from requiring a knee replacement for treatment include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or post-injury arthritis. Knee replacements are often used to replace cartilage that has been damaged through wear and tear caused by arthritis. The replacement typically includes an artificial knee joint that contains metal caps to attach to the thighbone and the shinbone, and plastic to replace the worn-down cartilage. Arthritis will often cause severe pain and discomfort, making it difficult for the patient to use the joint that is injured as any movement makes the pain feel worse. There are temporary solutions that include cortisone injections, or general pain management, but for those who qualify, a knee replacement is the best option for optimizing the mobility of the joint and continuing to live a completely normal and healthy life. It is a major surgery, so the procedure should only be done by qualified and experienced orthopedic surgeons and after consultations to ensure that the patient is in fact a viable and good candidate to ensure the minimization of risks associated with treatment.
The average lifetime of a minimally invasive knee replacement is around 15 to 20 years post-surgery. This means that if someone is fairly young when they receive the knee replacement, they may require another knee replacement once their first one has started to wear out or loosen due to time. However, the second knee replacement also comes with more risks than the first procedure, so it is important to gather all necessary information with your orthopedic surgeon regarding the process. If you would like any further information regarding a minimally invasive knee replacement, call our office today to schedule an appointment with our highly skilled and experienced Dr. Paul Dicpinigaitis. We are located at 5840 Merrick Rd, Massapequa, NY 11758. We serve patients from Massapequa NY, Amityville NY, Bellmore NY, Merrick NY, Wantagh NY, Bethpage NY, Plainedge NY, Farmingdale NY, and surrounding areas.