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Is an injury or pain in your joints causing you to not fully experience life? At UofL Health, minimally invasive joint replacement procedures are being used every day to help patients begin moving again. For more information about scheduling a procedure, call 1.800.333.2230.
Focusing on a complete joint program that includes outstanding patient care, we strive to assist patients with non-operative methods before surgery. Patients are first evaluated for treatment with non-steroidal medications, physical therapy and visco-supplementation prior to considering surgical procedures. If surgery is a must, minimally invasive procedures are looked to first and are individualized based on the specific needs of each patient.
Minimally invasive methods such as total knee replacements and hip replacements involve the use of smaller incisions than those used in traditional surgeries. Because there is less damage to the tissue, patients who undergo these procedures may expect a shorter hospital stay, a shorter recovery and a better looking scar.
All minimally invasive joint surgeries performed at UofL Health are centered on a technique known as muscle-sparing. No muscles are cut during muscle-sparing – they are merely separated or avoided. Because the incision is smaller and no muscle needs to be repaired, recovery is faster and less painful with these cutting-edge techniques.
State-of-the-art implants such as titanium, chrome-cobalt, ceramics and cross-link polyethelene parts are used in every procedure. Each patient receives individualized care based on their needs with respect to the approach and implants used. The joint replacement team includes anesthesiologists that specialize in post-operative pain management skills to provide a more comfortable experience during the hospital stay.
Therapists see patients during their hospital stay for gait training and functions of daily living. Most patients are typically discharged in two to three days after surgery, once basic therapy goals are achieved.
A premiere orthopedic and joint replacement hospital network, our physicians are leaders in the field who train other doctors in these advanced surgical methods. Their goal is to improve a patient’s quality of life by providing state-of-the-art techniques and implants coupled with a comfortable hospital experience.
Ask your doctor if minimally invasive orthopedic surgery is right for you. For more information about scheduling a procedure, call 1.800.333.2230.