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Martha Jefferson Monday: How Does Muscle Sparing Knee Replacement Differ From Traditional Knee Replacement?

Our focus this week is on a new type of knee replacement that's muscle sparing for the patient. During a traditional knee replacement surgery, orthopedic surgeons make a cut through a patient’s quadriceps muscle in order to reach the knee. It’s a technique that’s been used for years, but now a new option is being offered to patients at Martha Jefferson.

Dr. Megan Swanson recently joined Martha Jefferson Orthopedics. She does a different type of knee replacement surgery called a subvastus replacement, or muscle-sparing replacement. During this procedure, she accesses the knee by going under the quadriceps muscle.

“You’re still going to the same place,” noted Dr. Swanson. “To compare it to an everyday examples, you’re still taking the subway to get into downtown to have dinner, it’s just that when you do a subvastus procedure you get there without having to cut the quad muscle and then tendon.”

By providing a new way to reach the knee, patients also have one less area to go through the healing process.

“It’s really helpful to maintain the blood supply to the knee cap, to maintain how the leg tracks and to have one less thing that needs to heal by not cutting through that quadriceps muscle,” noted Dr. Swanson.

Typically, Dr. Swanson says patients are up and moving in the hospital the day of their surgery. They tend to stay for two days, and then head home for physical therapy. Within six weeks, most are back to their normal routine.

“I love doing this because I’ve just seen how well patients do. They are usually so pleased with the procedure. I usually take pictures during the surgery and I can show them afterwards how their muscle was all intact during it and I just love seeing when they get up out of bed and start to walk again and feel so great.”

For more information on this topic, or to learn more about Dr. Swanson, please call Health Connection at (434) 654-7009.

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