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.