Over the last several years, surgeons have developed less invasive procedures for joint replacement surgery. For hip replacements, this involves making a 4 – 5 inch incision either in the back or the front of the hip. Smaller incisions in combination with improved pain management and faster rehabilitation have made recovery from joint replacement surgery easier and with less pain.
Knee replacement is also done through smaller incisions. No muscles are divided, but regaining range of motion requires patients to be dedicated to physical therapy after surgery. Partial or unicompartmental knee replacement is done through a small incision.
At The Joint Center at Valley Medical Center, we continuously evaluate new, promising techniques, but we are also committed to making sure our patients have excellent results over the long term. We evaluate each patient on a case-by-case basis, and we will consider all available options, including less invasive replacements, computer-assisted techniques, robotic total knee replacement and traditional joint replacement surgery.