Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement
Minimally invasive knee replacement is a technique involving smaller incisions and less cutting of muscles and tendons because tissues are avoided or separated, not cut. This means faster and less painful rehabilitation, smaller incisions and less scarring – incisions of 4-6 inches, rather than an 8- to 12-inch incision. It also means a shorter hospital stay of 1-2 days (vs. 3-5 days) as well as reduced blood loss (no need for pre-surgery blood donation) and faster return to work and daily activities.
This is a truly unique surgical technique which allows patients a quicker recovery with less pain. At the Coon Joint Replacement Institute the average length of stay was 1.2 days and over 90% of patients were able to be discharged to their home after just one night in the hospital. Pain is well controlled with oral pain medication and IV pain medication is rarely needed.
Patient comparing standard incision (left) to MIS incision (right)
Dear Dr. Blackwood,
Thank you for providing such skill and expertise replacing my knee. The care given by you and your staff was excellent. Getting up and walking about four hours after was sooner than I expected. The pain for me was minimal and, consequently, I did not need
any medication. Doing the exercises recommended and icing the knee allowed me a quick recovery.
A few personal milestones:
1. Walking the neighborhood for a mile without a cane or walker in one week.
2. Return to golf in three weeks.
3. Return to skiing in six weeks.
Thank you for allowing me to again have a normal pain free life.
Jim B - 69 yr male, Napa CA
Dr. Blackwood did a fabulous job in January. It was all but painless and I was off my walker in a matter of days and never used a cane. I was able to fly from CA to AK three days post-op and had no problems whatsoever.
If anyone needs a total knee or hip replacement, I would highly recommend having it done by Dr. Blackwood no matter where he is located hands down.
George Ray C, Anchorage, AK
I loved the attention you gave to the patients and the ease for me to have knee surgery. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.
S.B. Corning, CA
I had knee pain for 7 years, and finally no cartilage was left this year. I had the privilege of being Dr. Blackwood's first Colorado knee replacement on March 13th, followed by my second knee on May 14th. The idea of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) got my attention even before he relocated to Boulder. Believe me, it's totally for real. From going home the next day, to making progress the first 10 days on my own (followed by PT), to a much smaller scar (and the implied faster healing)... it was a superior experience. Knee #2 went even better as I understood how much more I could push myself-- just like Dr. Blackwood had suggested. My neighbor had his knee done elsewhere within 3 days of mine, and there is no comparison between our experiences and recoveries. Dr. B's MIS is absolutely worth looking into, and hopefully you'll choose this as your knee replacement experience. By the way, My goal is to climb another Colorado 14er on September 7th... pain free. Thank you, Dr. Blackwood!
Chuck C., 65, Longmont, Co
Pre and post-op Xray Examples
Range of Motion Examples (all at 6 weeks post op)
Individual results may vary.