Minimally Invasive Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital
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Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic minimally invasive surgeries include:

Minimally invasive hip replacement – Using a small three-inch incision, rather than the normal seven – eight inch incision, orthopaedic surgeons are able to perform hip replacement surgery using a standard prosthesis. Patients benefit from shorter rehabilitation and less pain.

Unicompartmental replacement – The inner (medial) or outer (lateral) knee joint surfaces are replaced with a partial knee replacement through a small three-inch incision. With this procedure, patients experience a faster recovery time and less pain. Additionally, with this type of procedure, ligaments are left intact leaving the patient with a natural feeling knee.

Patellofemoral replacement – Through a small incision, patients with arthritis localized behind the kneecap and with symptoms in the front of the knee are able to receive relief from their discomfort. This is a great option for patients who were either denied treatment or offered a procedure called a patellectomy (removal of the kneecap). It is a much more desirable option than either these or total knee replacement, particularly since most of the patients who are candidates for this are in their 30's and 40's.

Total knee replacement – Traditional total knee replacement is performed through an eight or nine inch incision. Minimally invasive advancements now enable orthopaedic surgeons to perform the surgery through a four or five inch incision. This minimally invasive procedure provides accelerated rehabilitation time and less pain.

Orthopaedic Surgery:

Arthur Bartolozzi, MD
Jess H. Lonner, MD
David Nazarian, MD


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