Suffering from chronic pain in the knee is painful enough, but then to think about the pain one would suffer after a surgery for knee replacement has some people hesitant to take that step. Just the worries of what could happen and the pain one might be in stop many people from reaching out to find out what options they have.
However, with advancements made in the surgical field, this type of procedure can now be done quicker and with less down time after the surgery. It should not be something you fear. Instead, it should be seen as an opportunity to get relief.
Approach To Surgery
Our Atlanta orthopedic surgeons are highly trained and skilled in this new, minimally invasive procedure and can help address and treat your chronic knee pain caused by arthritis. All you need to do is reach out to us and let us examine your painful knee. From there, we can discuss what the procedure would entail if your pain stems from a problem this procedure would correct. Our staff wants to do anything and everything we can to help, so reach out to us today and find out more.
With a traditional knee replacement surgery, the recovery aspect was always a long one and would have you recovering in slow motion. Your therapy was extensive, and for many patients, it extended the length of time they were in pain significantly instead of bringing about relief after the procedure. It involved many layers of healing at the same time, from the skin to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and the joint itself.
With this new minimally invasive approach, the recovery time is much faster and the process of healing is much smoother. Our Atlanta orthopedic surgeons have noticed a significant difference in the recovery time of those who have this minimally invasive procedure and patients report their recovery was much easier and less painful.
You will still have therapy to help your knee recover. However, your therapy will be done on skin, tendons, muscles, and joints that are far less inflamed, providing you a level of relief not formerly available.
So, what makes this surgery different from the traditional approach? The instruments that are used are specialized for this type of procedure and allow for the replacement to be placed in the knee without the need for cutting into the tendons and ligaments and damaging the soft tissue in the process. The positioning of this procedure is also different than with traditional surgical knee replacement procedures. This new, non-invasive option reduces damage, swelling, and subsequent pain. Without having to cut into the surrounding area of the knee, the recovery time and healing is ultimately decreased and the patient feels much less pain and discomfort following the surgery.
When a traditional knee replacement surgery is performed, the knee must be dislocated and positioned at a 90 degree angle throughout the surgery. This can increase the chances of damage to the knee area in general, plus it can increase both swelling and pain when the surgical procedure is over.
The trick for the minimally invasive approach is to have the knee lying flat during the procedure while using these newly formulated tools, which results in less trauma to the surrounding tissues in the knee. When a patient wakes up, they are far less likely to be in significant amounts of pain since the joint was not overextended during the procedure itself.
Speak With An Orthopedic Surgeon
Our Atlanta orthopedic surgeons consulted with those patients who have had both the traditional spine surgery and those who had the minimally invasive procedure and patients were astounded by the difference in recovery. The same can be said for those who have gone through knee replacement surgery. People who have had both types of procedures are much more likely to recommend that others get the minimally invasive version so that they can feel relief sooner. Many patients wish they had gone through the procedure sooner instead of waiting with the pain of a knee injury or arthritis for as long as they did.
Chronic knee pain can ruin your quality of life. It can also take away your ability to live the life you want or deserve since you may be limited on what you can do each day without struggling with pain. Take back the control over your life by making the choice to repair your knee. It can help you get your freedom back, and give you the chance to make the most of your future.
Typically, those patients who are in need of a knee replacement and our candidates for the traditional approach, usually are also candidates for this minimally invasive technique. Call our office today and set up a consultation with our Atlanta orthopedic surgeons to learn more about your options!
We will look at your current state as well as the history of your knee pain. From there, we can often determine if you qualify as a candidate for the more minimally invasive surgical procedure for knee replacement. Dial (404) 855-2141 today and take that first step in the direction to a pain free life.