The Latest Advance in Knee Surgery: Less Invasive Total Knee Replacement
If you are a candidate, you may be able to benefit from
a less invasive knee implant system that utilizes the most advanced
instrumentation available. Although the instrumentation is
advanced and the technique has been refined, the procedure builds on
what has been proven to work in the past.
A company named Smith & Nephew has developed a minimally
invasive total knee system that utilizes the same basic surgical
approach that most surgeons learned in the early years of their
training. This technique is not about making major changes to what
has worked in the past, it is simply an evolution of existing and proven
Additionally, the Smith & Nephew minimally invasive
system utilizes an implant with a long and proven clinical history.
By taking this approach, your surgeon is able to provide
you with all of the benefits of the latest total knee replacement
advancements as well as the benefits of a long clinical history and a
surgical approach that has stood the test of time.
The two things that have changed in order to enable a
minimally-invasive solution are:
New Smith & nephew surgical instruments are smaller,
more precise, and more efficient
New surgical technique refinements allow the procedure
to be performed effectively through a smaller soft tissue "window"
The positive improvements for patients are significant.
The smaller cut, a 60-percent decrease in length, means there is less
trauma to underlying muscles and to the soft tissues around the knee.
As a result, pain from the surgery is greatly reduced, allowing for less
dependence on prescription pain medication and a faster return to