Different Approaches to the Knee
The quad sparing approach is a
revolutionary way of placing a knee replacement.In all other knee
replacement operations, the muscle on the front of the thigh has to be
cut in order to expose the knee and place the components. With the
quad sparing approach, a small incision is made and the quad muscle is
never violated. This decreases rehab time, decreases pain,
decreases time in the hospital, gives a quicker and more painless range
of motion,and get patient's back to regular activities more quickly.
Patients may be out of the hospital in 24 to 48 hours and return to work
in less than two weeks in some instances. This has become the most
common way of replacing the knee for Dr. Allison but cannot be done on
extremely large patients.
The most common type of approach to knee replacement used by
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