Muscle-Sparing Total Knee Replacement John McLaughlin, M.D.

Total knee replacement is a surgical procedure that improves function and decreases pain in patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee. The procedure has become one of the most frequently performed surgeries with more than 700,000 knee replacements performed annually in the United States.

Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Total knee replacement is often life changing for patients with chronic knee pain. For more than 40 years, surgeons have peformed knee replacement surgery with great success. Over that period of time, advances in surgical techniques and implant design have improved upon the procedure and its results.

Radiograph of total knee replacement performed through a muscle-sparing approach.

Traditionally, knee replacement surgery is performed by partially detaching an important muscle and tendon called the quadriceps from the knee cap. Detaching this muscle and tendon may increase the period of time necessary to recover from surgery. Rcently, a minimally invasive technique for performing a total knee replacement without detaching muscles or tendons has been developed. It is believed that this technique, referred to a "quadriceps sparing total knee replacement," can decrease the pain following surgery and shorten the recovery period. Dr. McLaughlin performs this procedure making it available to patients right here in the Hudson Valley.

Quadriceps-sparing knee replacement is performed without detaching any muscles or tendons.

Many patients are able to walk with a walker on the day of surgery and can be discharged from the hospital on one or two days.

Patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee typically experience pain and stiffness that worsens with activities and progresses with time. Patients suffering from osteoarhtirtis of the knee find activities such as climbing stairs and getting up from a chair increasingly difficult secondary to pain. Patients typically consider knee replacement when their pain begins to interfere with their normal level of activity and non-surgical treatments, such as medications and injections, fail to offer enough relief.

Quadriceps-sparing knee replacement allows Dr. McLaughlin to use the same time-proven implants used in traditional knee replacement surgery without detaching the important quadriceps muscle or tendon. Many patients undergoing this procedure are able to walk with a walker on the day of surgery and can be discharged home one or two days after surgery.

Don't let your knee pain keep you on the sidelines.

In a study in the British Edition of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, researchers reported decreased pain, better motion and a shorter period of overall recovery following quadriceps-sparing knee replacement as compared to traditional total knee replacement. Other studies have reported that important goals such as less pain, shorter period of physical therapy, drcreased time to normal activities, a shorter hospitalization, and less time using a walker or cane after surgery are achievable through this quadriceps-sparing approach.

Dr. McLaughlin serves as the Medical Director of the Hudson Valley Total Joint Center and performs quadriceps-sparing total knee replacement at St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital.

Appointment Hotline:

(845) 534-5768

Dr. McLaughlin will be offering a free community presentation entitled "Arthritis of the Knee, Hip and Shoulder" on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Hilton Homewood Suites at Stewart Airport. Call (845) 534-5768 to reserve your seat today.

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