Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement Surgery is Performed at Tampa General Hospital

Minimally invasive knee replacement surgery may be a suitable treatment option for patients whose severe knee pain and dysfunction cannot be effectively managed through non-surgical means. Specialized instruments and techniques allow surgeons – in some cases – to remove damaged knee cartilage, bone, and soft tissue with fewer, smaller incisions than traditional knee replacement. Once damaged knee surfaces are removed, an artificial joint known as a prosthesis is fitted to the thigh bone, knee cap, and shin, stabilizing the knee and increasing patient mobility.

Because minimally invasive surgery disturbs less muscle and tissue, recovery time is often shorter and less painful than traditional knee replacement. However, the extent of surgery and the associated recovery time varies with each patient, and not all are candidates for a minimally invasive procedure.

A high volume of joint replacement surgeries, including minimally invasive knee replacement, are performed each year at Tampa General Hospital – a high performing hospital for knee replacement according to U.S.News & World Report. Our ‘mini-incision’ knee replacement surgeries are performed by board-certified orthopedic surgeons and facilitated by innovative medical technologies, such as MAKOplasty® knee resurfacing technology to minimize incisions and scarring, and the RIO™ Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic system that helps ensure optimal implant positioning. This leading-edge approach to knee replacement helps our patients experience streamlined recoveries, and encourages a more natural knee motion once the joint has healed. Furthermore, our knee replacement program has earned disease-specific certification from The Joint Commission, a testament to our high standard of care.

If you’ve been considering knee replacement surgery and would like to discuss possible treatment options with a Tampa General Hospital orthopedic surgeon, use our online PhysicianFinder or call 1-800-822-DOCS (3627) to receive a referral to our orthopedics program.