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Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine of San Antonio

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Andrew Whaley, founder of Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio, has performed thousands of Minimally Invasive Surgeries (MIS) over the years and stands at the forefront of minimally invasive surgical (MIS) treatments in San Antonio and South Texas. Using innovative techniques, cutting-edge technology, and evidence-based medicine, Dr. Whaley may use minimally invasive surgery (MIS) of the hip, knee, and shoulder as a treatment option for your orthopaedic condition.

Compared to traditional orthopaedic surgery, minimally invasive surgery utilizes the knowledge of important anatomy, along with cutting-edge technology, to treat your condition without causing undue injury to the surrounding soft tissues. Highly specialized tools and instrumentation provide for the safe and effective treatment of your pain.

For knee surgery, both total knee replacement and partial knee replacement, MIS involves a smaller scar, usually less than 3.5 inches. This technique reduces soft tissue damage by not cutting through the quadriceps muscle, and allows for a more rapid recovery. Patients are in the hospital for up to 3 days, full weight-bearing immediately, and then transitioned quickly to outpatient physical therapy upon discharge from the hospital. With the less dissection of soft tissues and less pain, patient are able to return to their activities much quicker than using a traditional open approach.

For hip surgery, MIS involves approaching the hip between muscles rather than through the muscles to reach the hip joint. Because of this soft tissue sparing approach, there is less pain and less restrictions after the surgery. Patients are in the hospital for up to 3 days, and then quickly transitioned to outpatient physical therapy upon discharge from the hospital. Patients are able to be full weight bearing very quickly without any ambulatory aides, and return to work quicker.

For shoulder surgery, MIS involves splitting the deltoid muscle rather than detaching it. Most shoulder surgeries can be done arthroscopically (using cameras and incisions about 1 centimeter long), but what cannot be done with the aide of arthroscopy is done through the MIS approach, with incisions about 1.5 inches long. With the minimal soft tissue dissection, patients have less pain and are able to recover quicker.

The potential benefits of MIS include:

  • Faster recovery
  • Quicker return to work and activities
  • Smaller incisions
  • Less pain
  • Smaller scars/less scar tissue
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Less soft tissue damage
  • Reduced muscle retraction
  • Decreased postoperative narcotics
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Possibility of performing on outpatient basis

If you are experiencing pain and would like to know if Minimally Invasive Surgery is right for you, please call our office today at 210-293-2663 to schedule an appointment.


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