The decision to undergo total knee replacement should not be taken lightly. However, finding a surgeon that can perform your operation efficiently and with expert technique will make a world of difference. One such technique practiced by Dr. Eichten is Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement.
Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement has 3 major advantages over traditional knee replacement surgery:
1. The skin incision with the Minimally Invasive technique is typically 4 inches as opposed to 8-10 inches for traditional knee replacement surgery.
2. There is little to no disruption of the quadriceps tendon during Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement. In traditional knee replacement more exposure is needed resulting in quadriceps trauma or cutting. The quadriceps tendon and quadricep muscle allow you to straighten your knee. When this is undamaged your knee range of motion is regained faster after surgery.
3. Special instruments are used during Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement. These instruments allow proper implantation of the knee replacement components but cause less stretching and injury to the surrounding tissues. Because the muscles, tendons and soft tissue around the knee are not injured there is less post operative pain and a faster recovery time.
XP Preserving Knee
One of the most important structures in the knee is the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). The ACL provides the knee with stability and control when walking, exercising, or playing sports.
During traditional knee replacement surgery the ligaments of the knee are removed and the implants are balanced without your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
With the XP Preserving Knee your ACL is not removed. When the ACL is retained during the total knee replacement the result is a more natural feeling in your knee post operatively. This allows you to return to your normal activities more rapidly.
Dr. Eichten is one of only two surgeons in Southwest Florida trained to implant the XP Preserving Knee.
Be sure to educate yourself prior to surgery and ensure that all of your concerns are addressed and answered. Dr. Eichten and his staff are always available to answer any questions you may have.
For more information about knee replacement surgery, as well as various surgical and non-surgical options for hip or knee pain, please call Dr. Eichten's office at (239) 337-2003 to schedule an appointment.