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Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery in Seattle, WA

Middle aged couple holding hands walking outdoorsAdvancements in knee surgery have led to the development of less intrusive treatment options for alleviating knee pain. Minimally invasive surgical techniques, include arthroscopic surgery, are used to diagnose the cause of pain due to bone, muscle, tissue, and tendon damage, or to perform surgical procedures with increased accuracy. Dedicated to using the most advanced techniques during procedures, Dr. Pritchett will use minimally invasive techniques to treat a variety of conditions, including ACL tears and arthritis damage.

During minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Pritchett will perform the procedure through small incisions, instead of the 8-12 inch incisions used in traditional open surgery. He will also utilize specialized instruments, which provide him better visualization of the joint interior.

There are several advantages of minimally invasive surgery, including:

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Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery and Sports Medicine

Minimally invasive techniques are frequently used in the treatment of sports-related injuries. The most common sports-related knee injuries are ACL tears and meniscal tears.

ACL tears are typically the result of the ligament being stretched beyond its normal range in correlation with overexertion or direct force on the knee. ACL damage can significantly decrease the stability and strength of the knee joint. For patients suffering from full ligament tears or have lost joint functionality, Dr. Pritchett will often recommend ligament reconstruction surgery, where Dr. Pritchett will often use minimally invasive techniques to repair the damaged ligament.

Meniscal tears are often caused by the twisting of the knee or sudden decreases in speed, which can cause severe pain, discomfort, locking of the joint, and may even lead to immobility. Minimally invasive surgery to remove and/or repair the damaged areas is often recommended to patients to suffering from severe meniscal tears.

Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement

For patients suffering from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, and have damage to only one compartment of the knee joint, partial knee replacement is often the best treatment option to relieve pain symptoms.

During partial knee replacement surgery, also known as unicompartmental knee replacement, Dr. Pritchett will frequently use minimally invasive surgical techniques to remove the damaged areas from the affected compartment.

Using specialized instruments, he will then cover the ends of the shinbone and thighbone with a metal prosthesis, and place a plastic component in between to allow for smooth movement.

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Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery in Seattle, WA

James W. Pritchett, MD, is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who is renowned for his use of minimally invasive surgical techniques in the treatment of acute and chronic knee pain. For an evaluation with Dr. Pritchett regarding knee pain and treatment options, schedule an appointment at his office at 901 Broen Avenue, Suite #900, Seattle, Wa 98104.

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