Features January 2013 Issue

Know the Pros and Cons of Minimally Invasive Knee Repair

The short-term benefit may not outweigh the potential risks of this more complex knee-replacement surgery.

As the number of people undergoing total knee replacements has grown, so has the number of surgical options available to patients. Approximately 70 to 80 percent of total knee replacements are performed using a traditional medial parapatellar approach involving a larger incision that affords the surgeon a wide enough view to properly align the implant and bone. Precise alignment is key to the durability of the implant.

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