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What is minimally invasive joint replacement?

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Dr. Kugler is an expert in minimally invasive surgical techniques. He has developed implants specifically designed to facilitate these procedures and serves as an instructor for other surgeons in training.

However, minimally invasive is essentially a marketing term to describe techniques directed at performing joint replacement surgery through smaller skin incisions. Other than the smaller incision, the procedure is IDENTICAL to any other joint replacement. Large, randomized studies have proven NO DIFFERENCE in length of hospital stay, amount of blood loss, speed of recovery, or improvement of outcome. Conversely, the stuborn attempt by surgeons to reduce the length of skin incisions has been DIRECTLY linked to an increase in intra-operative and post-operative COMPLICATIONS such as nerve damage, torn ligaments, malpositioned implants, infections, increased blood loss and poor results.

Claims of dramatically reduced or "same day" hospital stays and minimal recovery periods have not been verified and should be viewed with skepticism and may even be considered dishonest.

The experienced and conscientious joint replacement surgeon will perform your procedure through the smallest practical incision to create your joint replacement perfectly.

Your recovery should be directed toward a perfect procedure, without complications, and functional for many years to come.

What is minimally invasive joint replacement?

Dr. Kugler is an expert in minimally invasive surgical techniques. He has developed implants specifically designed to facilitate these procedures and serves as an instructor for other surgeons in training.

However, minimally invasive is essentially a marketing term to describe techniques directed at performing joint replacement surgery through smaller skin incisions. Other than the smaller incision, the procedure is IDENTICAL to any other joint replacement. Large, randomized studies have proven NO DIFFERENCE in length of hospital stay, amount of blood loss, speed of recovery, or improvement of outcome. Conversely, the stuborn attempt by surgeons to reduce the length of skin incisions has been DIRECTLY linked to an increase in intra-operative and post-operative COMPLICATIONS such as nerve damage, torn ligaments, malpositioned implants, infections, increased blood loss and poor results.

Claims of dramatically reduced or "same day" hospital stays and minimal recovery periods have not been verified and should be viewed with skepticism and may even be considered dishonest.

The experienced and conscientious joint replacement surgeon will perform your procedure through the smallest practical incision to create your joint replacement perfectly.

Your recovery should be directed toward a perfect procedure, without complications, and functional for many years to come.