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Minimally Invasive Surgery in Seattle, WA

Young woman running along beachMinimally invasive surgery represents a major advance in orthopedic surgery. It involves the use of advanced techniques and sophisticated technology, allowing surgeons to perform more efficient and accurate surgical procedures than ever before.

One of the more recent technological advances is robotically-assisted surgery. Robotically-assisted surgery is surgical technique used during joint replacement surgery. During the procedure, Dr. Pritchett will use a computer screen that displays a detailed image of the affected area, as well as special tracking devices to complete the procedure with the highest precision. Unlike traditional surgery, robotic procedures allow Dr. Pritchett to perform the surgery on the computer, based on your three dimensional computerized tomography (CT) images, before any incision is made. The exact size and placement of your implant is determined in advance. On the day of surgery, the robotic arm attached to the computer guides Dr. Pritchett’s placement of your implant and confirms that the predetermined preoperative plan has been followed. Traditional open surgery is completed through larger incisions in the skin, as well as the surrounding tissue, ligaments, muscles using conventional mechanical instruments.


Patients suffering from arthritis will often benefit most from minimally invasive surgery. The most common causes of joint pain are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is often referred to as normal “wear-and-tear” arthritis, which develops after continuous use over a long time. Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease that mostly affects women. Both forms of arthritis cause the protective cartilage that allows for pain free movement to wear away. As the cartilage wears away, the bones of the joint begin to rub against one another, resulting in increasing pain and joint stiffness. As either disease progresses, Dr. Pritchett may recommend partial or total joint replacement for returning to everyday activities.

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Ligament Injuries

Ligament damage is the result of overstretching a ligament, often caused by:

Some ligaments are unable to heal themselves, so patients are typically unable to return to pre-injury functionality without surgical intervention. To help patients return to their normal pain-free activities, Dr. Pritchett will often recommend ligament reconstruction. Ligament reconstruction is a surgical procedure in which Dr. Pritchett will use minimally invasive surgical techniques to replace the damaged ligament.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Pritchett is dedicated to providing the best care to his patients at all times, which is why he will use the latest and most sophisticated techniques whenever possible. The benefits of using minimally invasive techniques include:

Minimally Invasive Surgery in Seattle, WA

James W. Pritchett, MD, is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the use of minimally invasive techniques. Dr. Pritchett provides the highest quality advanced treatment to patients in the Seattle, Washington area, including the cities of Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond, and Bellevue. To learn more about minimally invasive surgery, schedule an appointment with Dr. Pritchett at his office – 901 Boren Avenue North, Suite 900.

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