Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Minimally Invasive Total Joint Replacement (HealthTalk)

Written by Dr. John W. McAllister, MD
Published by Suburban Journals

Over the past few years, innovations in technology and surgical approaches have made it possible to perform total joint replacements through very small incisions. Total joint replacements have been performed for decades using standard incisions (eight to twelve inches) with excellent results. Other areas of orthopedic surgery have benefited from minimally invasive techniques, most notably sports medicine and arthroscopy. The success of these newer techniques has prompted surgeons subspeciallizing in joint replacements to pioneer new methods of implanting artificial joints through small incisions.

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