The main benefit of sparing the quadriceps is recovery time. Patients are up walking immediately and discontinue the use of a walker or cane much more quickly.
This procedure uses the same knee replacement implants, but is able to insert them with a smaller incision. The incision for this procedure is generally 3-4 inches. This less-invasive technique also results in less pain after the procedure.
While this technique is new, studies show it to be safe and effective. Furthermore, because the procedure uses the same knee implants, patients can expect the same quality, lasting outcome as traditional surgery.
Dr. Nicola is the only doctor in the Boise and Treasure Valley area offering this new less invasive knee replacement procedure. Come consult with him about whether or not this option is best for your knee problems.