Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery in Fruitland, ID
In the treatment of joint injuries and progressive damage, Saint Alphonsus Medical Group – Riverside Orthopedics employs the most minimally invasive treatment techniques possible. As a result of advancements in surgical approach, arthroscopic-based options are now available for the completion of both total hip and knee replacement surgeries.
Causes and Symptoms of Hip Damage
While hip damage can be a result of traumatic injury, other more progressive conditions may be to blame. Potential causes for breakdown of this joint include:
- Reduced blood supply
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Single injury or infection event
As the hip is central to many physical movements, symptoms associated with damage may begin in conjunction with specific everyday activities and grow increasingly worse over time. Symptoms may include, but are not limited to:
- Extensive pain in the hip and surrounding areas
- Difficulty walking, dressing, or climbing stairs
- Inability to reach your feet or ankles
- Trouble sleeping due to discomfort
In addition to taking a symptom history, the team at Saint Alphonsus Medical Group – Riverside Orthopedics may use more in-depth tests, such as an x-ray, MRI, and/or CT scan during diagnosis.
Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement
If initial non-invasive methods (medication and physical therapy) prove ineffective, a total hip replacement may be recommended. Whenever possible, a minimally invasive surgical approach will be utilized.
During a minimally invasive total hip replacement, your orthopedic surgeon will use a set of small (3-6 inch) incisions to insert surgical tools, as well as the implant piece. This approach is often most suitable for younger patients with lower levels of general hip wear-and-tear. Other factors impacting success include overarching physical health and body weight.
Causes and Symptoms of Knee Damage
As with the hip, causes of knee damage can range from general breakdown to a singular traumatic event. Potential causes for knee pain and disability include:
- Weight-related stress
- Traumatic injury
Knee pain will likely intensify during periods of physical activity, and grow progressively more common over time. Symptoms may include, but are not limited to:
- Throbbing pain around the kneecap
- Difficulty walking and climbing
- Inability to stand / stride for extended periods of time
- Sensation of knee 'looseness'
Upon the initial diagnosis of knee damage, non-invasive methods (i.e. pain relief medication, orthotics, bracing) may be recommended for immediate symptom relief.
Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacement
If initial non-invasive methods do not create the desired results, total knee replacement surgery may be required for the successful recovery of joint function. The team at Saint Alphonsus Medical Group – Riverside Orthopedics will review your individual case to determine whether a minimally invasive approach is optimal.
In the completion of your total knee replacement, a single incision of 4-6 inches will be utilized. In addition, special attention will be applied to the protection of both the quadriceps tendon and muscle, which are located at the front of the thigh.
Surgical Results and Recovery
In cases of hip or knee replacement, frequently reported benefits of the minimally invasive surgical approach include:
- Decreased pain (post-op and throughout recovery period)
- Decreased muscle damage
- Faster recovery and rehabilitation
- Reduced scarring
Following either minimally invasive hip or knee replacement, the team at Saint Alphonsus Medical Group – Riverside Orthopedics will recommend the best course of care for ongoing recovery and rehabilitation. Medication, physical therapy, and exercise-based routines may be prescribed. Regardless of your specific case, it will be important to follow your surgeon's directed recovery plan closely.