Orthopedic surgery isn’t what it used to be, and that’s a good thing. Traditional orthopedic surgery, whether it was for the knee, hip or shoulder, often involved an extended recovery time in the hospital, and a big delay from regular life.
With the help of technology, like robotic-assisted surgery, incisions are smaller, the trauma to the patient’s body is less and recovery time is faster. that also means less blood loss, and less scarring.
More and more, the medical community is realizing the importance being careful with surrounding soft tissue when performing surgery. As a principle, surgeons should always try to minimize damage or disturbance of tissue surrounding the surgery site. It’s all about respecting and preserving the patient’s body. Minimally invasive procedures allow surgeons like Dr. Nicola to do that.
So what options are there today for orthopedic surgery? Dr. Nicola is one of the leading knee surgeons in Idaho, and he uses the most modern techniques and equipment available. Minimally invasive orthopedic surgery options that are making life better for patients include:
Quadriceps Sparing Total Knee Replacement
If activity modification and anti-inflammatory medication aren’t helping with your knee pain, knee replacement can be a good choice. But traditional surgery often involves damaging the tissue around the knee. Dr. Nicola performs what is called quadriceps sparing total knee replacement, meaning that smaller incisions are made, and the muscle and tendon surrounding the knee aren’t divided during surgery.
MAKO Total Knee Replacement: Robotic Assisted
Using CT scans and 3D modeling, Dr. Nicola can recommend correct implant size, orientation and alignment for a knee replacement. Using robotic assistance technology, the incisions and repair of the knee are made with precise, planned calculations, so the damage is minimal to surrounding tissue.
Come consult with Dr. Nicola about which option might be best for you.