Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)

MIS Joint Replacement offers important advantages, requiring smaller incisions and potentially causing less trauma, shorter hospital stay, faster recovery and less scarring than traditional techniques.

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Total Joint Replacement (TJR)

Total joint replacement is a surgical procedure in which certain parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with an artificial joint, which is designed to move just like a healthy joint.

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Shape Match Custom Fit Knee

A Triathlon Custom Fit Knee® (GetAroundKnee) with ShapeMatch® Technology replacement allows Dr. Kastrup to perform your knee procedure with customized guides that are designed to provide a fit more closely matching your unique anatomy.

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Dr. Kastrup is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon renowned for his use of recent technological advancements in joint replacement, including custom-fit knee replacements. To learn more about minimally invasive knee replacement options, contact Dr. Kastrup’s office to request an appointment.

Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement in Las Vegas, NV

From pre-op planning through post-op care, Dr. Kastrup and his team provide the highest quality of joint replacement expertise. Whenever possible, minimally invasive techniques will be utilized in order to reduce the risks associated with operation, as well as expedite post-op recovery. The specific surgical approach prescribed will depend on a number of factors, including patient age, specific injury, and condition severity.

Joint Replacement Approaches

One of the most frequent causes for knee replacement is the progression of pain and disability associated with osteoarthritis. While initial non-invasive treatments may provide moderate relief, many patients require the completion of a partial (unicompartmental) or total knee replacement for successful recovery. Each approach provides unique considerations, as well as benefits, as based on the unique patient situation.

As applicable, minimally invasive techniques will be used for not only the removal of diseased bone and cartilage, but also the placement of any prosthetic components.

The Minimally Invasive Approach

Minimally invasive joint replacement employs the use of a small camera, called an arthroscope, and tools for the assessment and correction of knee damage. Inserted through a small incision, the camera transmits images to a monitor within the operating room, allowing the surgical team to view the internal joint structure in exact detail.

Not only does this approach allow for more exact and reduced cutting, the prosthesis can often be placed with greater precision. As a result, patients undergoing minimally invasive surgery often report a more natural post-op joint feeling and performance, as compared to those undergoing traditional knee replacement surgery.

Other benefits of the minimally invasive approach include, but are not limited to:

  • Reduced scarring (due to smaller surface incisions)
  • Reduced risk of bleeding (as associated with reduced internal cutting)
  • Expedited recovery and return to everyday activities

On surgery day, the patient will undergo a typical battery of pre-op examinations and admittance. However, following the operation, a reduced hospital stay may be expected. Specific post-op expectations will be determined per-patient on a case-by-case basis.

Outcomes and Recovery

Immediately following surgery, the patient will likely be encouraged to keep the knee in an elevated and immobile position. This will help decrease post-op inflammation and associated pain. Likewise, to provide further relief, anti-inflammatory and pain medications may be prescribed for temporary use. One to two weeks following surgery, the patient may be able to resume some basic activities, such as standing or walking; however, crutches or another support will likely be required. More advanced behaviors, such as unassisted movement or driving, typically require more extended healing time.

For successful recovery, a series of at-home exercises, as well as formal physical therapy, will be prescribed. Throughout, a gradual regaining of strength and flexibility will be emphasized, in order to avoid potential re-injury. Regular medical visits and orthopedic exams will be necessary to monitor healing progress.

While the risks associated with minimally invasive knee replacement are lower than those of many surgeries, any symptoms of concern should be subject to immediate medical attention. Potential issues include, but are not limited to: disrupted sutures, increased post-op bleeding and/or pain, or fever.

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To learn more about minimally invasive knee replacement and other advanced care options, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kastrup at the Henderson office today.