With recent advances in medical technology, minimally invasive surgery is becoming more and more widespread in hospitals and outpatient surgery centers across the country, but what are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery for patients and why should you care?

“Our array of treatment represents the whole gamut of what’s available,” says Thomas P. Obade, M.D., board certified orthopaedic surgeon at Advanced Orthopaedic Centers. “For joint replacements, we do minimally invasive procedures of the knee, hip and shoulder.”

The benefits of minimally invasive surgery for patients are numerous, including:

    • Smaller scars following surgery
    • Faster recovery and rehabilitation
    • Less pain

Minimally invasive surgeries are performed by using significantly smaller incisions as opposed to the single large openings used in traditional surgery. Because the incisions are smaller, patients generally recover faster and with less pain.

In this video, Dr. Obade reveals how minimally invasive surgery is benefitting patients in ways that were impossible just 10 to 15 years ago. He also discusses the psychology of postoperative pain and the critical factors involved in getting knee function back to 100 percent.