Dr. Mullen explains if there are minimally invasive surgery options available to treat arthritis and discusses recovery from minimally invasive joint reconstruction. Dr. Mullen is an orthopedic surgeon at Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona.
Minimally invasive surgery is a hot topic.
A lot of women come to the office saying, “If I get my knee replaced will you do it with minimally invasive techniques?”
What that means, of course, is that we do so to spare as much of the muscle as possible. We go into the knee without cutting muscle and we do what we need to do and get out of the knee with as limited approach as possible.
It used to be that we would have to take off a large part of the quadriceps muscle, and what that meant was the rehab was a lot more difficult.
One of the benefits of having a minimally invasive knee replacement is that it shortens the time needed to rehabilitate the knee.
Naturally, the more muscle we cut the longer and the more challenging the rehab will be, and hence the bigger the chance that somebody might have scar tissue or a harder time.
With the minimally invasive techniques that we can use at the Banner Baywood Medical Center, recovery is not nearly as bad as it used to be.
Everybody wants to know, what’s the recovery after I have a joint replacement?
The number of months it takes to get better is very patient-dependent. It can be anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, but on average it’s a process that gradually allows patients to get better and better and better over the course of a year.
Now it doesn’t take a year to get walking again. Most patients are walking within one to four days. Most patients use assistive devices or canes or crutches for somewhere between one to two weeks, maybe three weeks in some.
Physical therapy is also a very important part of that process. The more dialed in a patient could be into their own rehab, the quicker they are going to be walking, the quicker they are going to see the results.
About Dr. Daniel J. Mullen, M.D.:
Dr. Daniel J. Mullen, M.D., specializes in reconstructive procedures of both the knee and shoulder. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame. He went to medical school at Temple University in Philadelphia and did his orthopaedic training in Baltimore centered out of Union Memorial Hospital. He also worked at Johns Hopkins University Hospital and the Shock Trauma Center. He did a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio where he was assistant team doctor for the Cleveland Browns, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the spring training division of the Cleveland Indians. He has authored numerous articles and textbook chapters and delivered many research and teaching presentations on surgery of the knee and the shoulder on both a national and international level. He volunteers his time and resources to help the local high school athletes during their sporting seasons. He lives in Gilbert, AZ, with his wife and two boys.
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Conditions: Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis
Related Terms: ACL Tear, ACL Reconstruction, ACL Injury, Anterior Cruciate Ligament, Ligament Injury, Knee Injury, Sports Injury, Knee Pain, Healthy Diet, Knee Replacement, Rehab, Physical Therapy, Recovery, Shoulder, RNG Structure, Scar Tissue, Muscle
Health Care Provider: Banner Baywood Medical Center, Orthopedic Institute at Banner Baywood Medical Center, Banner Health
Locations: Mesa, Arizona, South East Valley, Chandler, Arizona, Tempe, Arizona, Gilbert, Arizona, Scottsdale, Arizona, Apache Junction, AZ, Queen Creek, AZ, Phoenix East Valley, 85206
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