A Giant Step Forward in Knee Replacement

MIS Knee Joint Replacement provides patients with several benefits, including less time in the hospital, less blood loss, and minimal scarring.

Knee Replacement

Knee replacement surgery involves replacing a damaged joint with a prosthesis made of metal alloys or high-quality plastic. This type of procedure, which has been performed since the 1960s, can help your joint return to full function. Over the years, this procedure has had a 90 percent success rate..2

“I’m sorry I didn’t do something about it sooner because there’s a world of difference.”

— Christine Ricciardi, 57

Stryker Knee Replacement Recipient


MIS Knee Joint Replacement

Minimally Invasive Surgery

MIS Knee Joint Replacement requires only a small incision, which avoids causing soft tissue trauma.

MIS Total Knee Replacement (TKR)

The small incision avoids contact with any of the muscles and tendons surrounding the knee, which allows for a faster, more natural recovery and less scarring. 1,3


MIS Knee Joint Replacement (Continued)

MIS Partial Knee Resurfacing (PKR)

Partial Knee Resurfacing (PKR), a minimally invasive procedure, can relieve pain in knees suffering from arthritic pain. With PKR, the only the damaged surface of the knee joint is resurfaced, which minimizes the potential for injury in undamaged parts of the knee. Additionally, PKR implants, which are small, allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery.

Potential Advantages

The small incision avoids contact with any of the muscles and tendons surrounding the hip, which allows for a faster, more natural recovery and less scarring. Also, these procedures help reduce the amount of pain the patient feels post-surgery 1

Risks Associated with Minimally Invasive Surgery

Any surgical procedure comes with risks. Even though Knee Joint Replacement is a minimally invasive procedure, it is a major surgery.

Your surgeon will do whatever it takes to avoid significant risks, and complications are rare, but it is important that you understand the potential risks before the procedure.

In some cases, the replaced joint might not function properly. More serious complications, like joint infection, might happen, but they occur in less than 2%, of patients. 3



  1. White, R., Allman, J., Trauger, J., Dales, B., “Clinical Comparison of the Midvastus and Medial Parapatellar Surgical Approaches,” Clinical Orthopaedics & Related Research, 1999, 367: 117-122.
  2. Tria, A.J., “Minimal Incision Total Knee Arthroplasty,” Clinical Orthopaedics & Related Research, 2003, 416: 185-190.
  3. Hanssen, A.D., et al., “Evaluation and Treatment of Infection at the Site of Total Hip or Knee Arthroplasty,” JBJS, Volume. 80-A, No. 6, June 1998, pp. 910-922.

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