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Why Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement May Not Be For You


Icing KneeIf you’ve decided to have a total knee replacement, you might be considering a minimally invasive procedure. This type of surgery uses smaller incisions and less cutting of the tissue surrounding the knee. The advantage of such a surgery is that it allows for faster recovery, a shorter hospital stay and less blood loss.

But aside from these potential short-term advantages, there’s good reason to strongly consider a traditional surgery for a total knee replacement.

Be sure to talk it over with your doctor. While the minimally invasive approach is not for everyone, the risk of complications associated with a more complex operation may outweigh its benefits for you.

Whatever surgery you choose, evidence suggests that minimally invasive surgery is no more beneficial than traditional total knee replacement in the long term. Learn more about the pros and cons of these surgery options.