minimally invasive total knee arthroplasty


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minimally invasive total knee arthroplasty

Total replacement of the knee joint without severing the quadriceps tendon, everting the kneecap, or dislocating the tibiofemoral joint. The surgery is better tolerated in the short run than traditional total knee replacement. Convalescence is shorter, and the need for narcotic analgesics is lessened. Long-term evaluations comparing traditional and minimally invasive arthroplasty are needed.
See also: arthroplasty
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