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Right Time, Best New Knee

Recent advances in robotic surgery and minimally invasive approaches have made Total knee replacement better and less painful. However, it is not for everyone. Read our blog article where I will help you figure out if you have tried everything else first, show you how to take a survey to know if your condition is bad enough for TKR (Total Knee Replacement), go over the surgery and rehab to help you decide if surgery is worth it for you, and finally, if it is the right time. I will show you ONE thing you need to do to get the best new knee for you.


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Total knee replacement surgery today is an amazing procedure which can change your life.

But how do you know if it is right for you?

  • Have you had knee pain for more than 12 weeks (about 3 months) and it’s preventing you from doing the things you love?
  • Do your X-rays show severe arthritis of the knee?
  • Have you tried conservative stuff (like home exercise or physical therapy) without adequate relief?
  • Are you healthy enough to have outpatient surgery?

If you answered “Yes” to all 4 questions , then you are a suitable candidate for total knee replacement.

Have questions? Select chat below or call (602) 256 – 2525 and one of our trained team members will answer them for you.

The most impactful thing you can do to ensure you have a good outcome from knee replacement surgery is to pick the right surgeon.

How to find the perfect orthopedic surgeon to replace your knee. Look for these 4 things:

  1. Experience. Patient satisfaction with joint replacement surgery is more consistent among surgeons who replace more than 100 joints per year. The best surgeons are fellowship trained and specialize in joint replacement. Look for a surgeon who has done at least 1000 knee replacement surgeries and is currently replacing at least 100 knees each year.
  2. They do the robot. Not the dance. Robotic assistance ensures you get implants perfectly sized to give you the best possible range of motion, and that they have superhuman fit. Our centers are equipped with Mako, Koury, and Navio robotics to give your surgeon the best equipment to get the job done.
  3. Muscle sparing approach. New techniques to spare the quadriceps muscle shorten recovery and dramatically reduce the pain after surgery. Do not take a chance on a bad result. You only get one chance to get it right the first time.
  4. Avoid hospitals. Hospitals are great if you need them, but they are full of errors, infections, and people with COVID-19. Today you have the option of robotic assisted muscle sparing total knee replacement in the safety of an ambulatory surgery center and going home to sleep in your own bed the same night.

Robotic assistance assures you are getting the best total joint replacement available today with a personalized surgical experience. For the Stryker robot the process begins by obtaining a high-definition CT scan of your knee. This will be uploaded so the robot’s computer can construct a 3D model of your knee. The model will be used to help select the implants which will give your knee the best possible range of motion once implanted. During surgery the robot also assists to give your surgeon superhuman accuracy while removing the diseased bone.


We’re committed to solving your knee pain problems with the least invasive treatment possible.


We use the robot on every knee surgery, which means a personalized implant selection that results in a better outcome.


We utilize the only implant that’s approved to last for 30 years.


No hospital stay means a much lower risk of infection.


Partial knee replacements are half the surgery and recovery time of a total knee.

Want to know if you are a candidate for muscle sparing, robotic assisted total knee replacement?

Preparing for minimally invasive, robotic assisted knee replacement Surgery at Phoenix Spine & Joint

Preparing for total knee replacement surgery is easy. Three months before surgery make sure you stop smoking and begin a well-balanced diet. Ten days before surgery be sure you have a plan for stopping any blood thinner with your primary care doctor or surgeon’s office. Prepare your home with 7 days cooking and cleaning done and ready before surgery. One of our nurses will call and review your medical fitness for surgery a couple days out. Be sure and ask them any questions you have about your home or medications on the day of the knee replacement. Stop eating and drinking at midnight before surgery. The operation is done under a spinal, but you will need a ride home after the procedure.

Week 1 after Total Knee Replacement

Total knee replacement surgery is done under in our ambulatory surgery centers, so hospitalization is not required. By having your surgery in an ambulatory center, you avoid hospital errors, have a lower risk of infection with COVID-19 as well as in your new joint. The anesthesiologist typically performs a spinal anesthetic, which enables you to take your first steps within 90 minutes of the knee replacement surgery, and to actually walk out of the surgery center yourself. Walking right after surgery reduces to the point of eliminating the risk of developing blood clots in your legs which can be fatal if they go to your lungs. That means having ambulatory surgery is not only less painful, but it may also save your life.

The recovery after minimally invasive total knee replacement in much shorter than for the traditional surgery. While every patient is given a walker when they leave the surgery center, most no longer use them to assist in walking 1-2 days after their minimally invasive robotic assisted knee replacement surgery. Home exercises shown in a video series by our own
Most patients are ready to return to light duty work 1-3 weeks after knee replacement, moderate duty 3-6 weeks later, and heavy duty after 12 weeks.

Once fully recovered from minimally invasive robotic-assisted knee replacement patients are extremely satisfied and have no permanent restrictions.