Knee surgery is a major decision for many people. It requires significant time and effort, in addition to potential risks associated with the procedure. For those looking for a less invasive approach to knee surgery, minimally invasive methods may provide some relief from traditional procedures and their associated risks. In today’s blog, we will discuss the benefits and risks of minimally invasive knee surgery, as well as what you should know before making a decision about your own treatment.
What is Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery?
Minimally invasive knee surgery is a technique that allows surgeons to minimize trauma to the surrounding tissue during an operation. By using special instruments and imaging devices, surgeons can access parts of the joint that were previously inaccessible or difficult to reach. Additionally, small incisions are made in order to guide instruments and reduce unnecessary damage. This can significantly reduce recovery time after an operation, especially when compared to traditional open surgeries which involve large incisions.
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery
The primary benefit of minimally invasive knee surgery is its decreased risk of complication due to reduced tissue damage. Compared to open procedures, there are fewer opportunities for infection or other adverse events related to the procedure itself since smaller incisions reduce the chances of infection around the surgical area, and tissue trauma is minimized. Minimally invasive techniques also offer improved aesthetic results due to reduced scarring after operation, another advantage when compared with open surgeries.
Risks of Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery
It’s important to keep in mind that any type of surgery comes with certain risks — including those associated with minimally invasive techniques. These include a greater likelihood of blood loss during the procedure because of the small size of incisions used; increased risk of nerve injury due to long instruments used in minimally invasive methods; and difficulty getting complete control over bleeding vessels when using smaller instruments on larger areas such as knees because they’re not as powerful as traditional tools typically used in open surgery.
Therefore, it’s important for patients who are considering any type of knee surgery — regardless of whether it’s minimally invasive or open — to thoroughly understand all potential benefits and risks before proceeding with the procedure. It’s also essential for patients who want minimally-invasive operations done on their knees to be sure their surgeon has experience performing this type of work; if done improperly, it could result in similar complications experienced from more traditional types of knee surgeries.
Minimally Invasive Surgery with Dr. Hicken
Dr. Hicken is a specialist when it comes to minimally invasive knee surgery and orthopaedic surgery. With years of experience performing these operations, you can trust that he will offer you the best care possible and provide a safe and effective procedure tailored to your individual needs. To schedule an appointment with him, click here.