Are you one of those who know you need a knee replacement, but you've been putting it off because you don't want to be out of commission for several months? If you talk to a doctor about what's new today, you might just find out there's no reason to wait.
Take Carolyn Smith, for example, she's on the fast track to recovery just a few weeks after total knee replacement surgery. That would have taken several months of rehab a few years ago. Today, doctors are doing knee replacements with a minimally invasive technique that cuts the recovery time in half.
"The goal is to do the surgery without violating the muscle around the knee," says Dr. Paul Manner, an orthopedic surgeon.
They're using special instruments that allow them to go in and replace the joints using much smaller incisions...half the size of traditional surgery. That way they can avoid cutting muscle so the patient can get moving again much sooner.
The minimally invasive joint replacements are usually covered by insurance. So, if your knee is screaming at you with every step you take, walk into your doctor's office and find out if you might be a good candidate for minimally invasive knee replacement