Compared with traditional surgery, the advantages of a lateral approach total knee replacement surgery include:
- A potentially faster return to knee function and mobility
- A small four to six inch incision in most patients
- Potentially, less post-surgery pain for the majority of patients
- Uses the same reliable knee prosthetics as traditional surgery
- Spares quadriceps tendon and muscle complex
Traditional anterior approach total knee replacement surgery splits and repairs the quadriceps tendon. While this procedure has been performed millions of times over many decades, medicine is always evolving and improving. Newer surgical approaches may reduce the damage to surrounding tissue, allowing patients to heal faster.
With this said, today’s lateral approach total knee replacement surgeries are challenging. The doctor is operating through a smaller surgical “window” in the knee. For this reason, it is important to find a surgeon who is highly skilled and has extensive experience performing the procedure.
90% of patients having lateral approach total knee replacement are eligible to have their surgery at an outpatient surgical center and go home that same day.
Tom says, “I’ve talked to a lot of my friends who have not had the lateral procedure and the recovery time seems very long compared to what I experienced.”