Muscle Sparing Knee Replacement
Total knee replacement is a surgical procedure that improves function and decreases pain in patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee. The procedure has become one of the most frequently performed surgeries with more than 700,000 knee replacements performed annually in the United States. This procedure is often life changing for patients with chronic knee pain. For more than 40 years, surgeons have performed knee replacement surgery with great success. Over that period of time, advances in surgical techniques and implant design have improved upon the procedure and its results.
Traditionally, knee replacement surgery is performed by partially detaching an important thigh muscle called the quadriceps from the knee cap. Detaching this muscle and tendon may increase the period of time to recover from surgery. Recently, a minimally invasive technique for performing a total knee replacement without detaching muscles and tendons has been developed. This technique, called a "quadriceps-sparing total knee replacement," is now available to patients right here in the Hudson Valley.
Quadriceps-sparing total knee replacement allows Dr. McLaughlin to use the same time-proven implants used in traditional knee replacement without detaching the important quadriceps muscle and tendon. Many patients undergoing this procedure are able to walk with a walker on the day of surgery and can be discharged home within one two days after surgery.
In a study in the British Edition of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, researchers reported decreased pain, better motion and had a shorter period of overall recovery following quadriceps-sparing knee replacement as compared to traditional knee replacement. Other studies have reported that important goals such as less pain, shorter period of physical therapy, decreased time to normal activities, a shorter hospitalization, and less time using a walker or cane after surgery are achievable through this quadriceps-sparing approach.