Knee replacement is an option for many patients with severe
knee arthritis. Although other treatment options are available,
for some knee replacement is the best treatment option.
Quadriceps-Sparing Total Knee Replacement
An alternative to traditional total knee
replacement is the quadriceps-sparing total knee
replacement approach. This approach uses the same knee
replacement implants used in traditional replacement but does
so through a shorter incision. This short incision avoids or
minimizes cutting the quadriceps muscle. The quadriceps muscle
is among the most important muscles in the knee and keeping it
intact allows for a much quicker recovery time and less
rehabilitation after surgery. This approach also uses a much
smaller incision, typically 4-5" in length compared to 8-12"
with traditional knee replacement. The shorter incision means
less pain and less scarring.
- Quicker recovery
- Smaller incision
- Decreased pain after surgery
- Less blood loss
- Shorter hospital stay
This surgical approach can not be performed by all orthopedic
surgeons. In fact, Dr.
Christopher Estes here at the Aspire Orthopedic
Institute is some of the only surgeons trained in this
approach in the state of Oregon. The quad-sparing approach is
appropriate for many patients but not all. To find out if the
quad-sparing approach is an option for you, please call