Dr. Greene is renowned for his use of minimally invasive surgical techniques in the treatment of many different orthopaedic conditions. Minimally invasive surgery, or arthroscopic surgery, requires the use of image and laser guidance, as well as computer-assisted technology and specialized instruments. Unlike traditional open surgery, minimally invasive surgery does not require long incisions; instead, it is performed through small incisions directly surrounding the joint. Minimally invasive surgery is often the preferred surgical approach for knee and hip procedures.
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Due to the many benefits of minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Green is dedicated to utilizing these techniques to provide the best treatment possible. Dr. Green will often use minimally invasive techniques during joint replacement procedures. However, due to the benefits, he will often use them during ligament reconstruction procedures as well. The potential advantages of minimally invasive surgery include:
- Decreased disruption on the surrounding tissue
- Less scarring, due to the smaller incisions
- Reduced post-operative pain and discomfort
- Shorter recovery period
- More natural joint movement, due to more accurate placement of the prosthesis
Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery
Minimally invasive surgical techniques are frequently used to treat many knee conditions, including:
- Severe osteoarthritis
- Advanced rheumatoid arthritis
- ACL tears
- Meniscal tears
Dr. Greene will complete a full examination before recommending knee surgery. He will consider the type, severity, and specific location of the joint damage to determine if arthroscopic surgery will provide the level of pain relief the patient desires. Arthroscopic surgery will typically take between 1 and 2 hours, and is performed on an out-patient basis; allowing the majority of patients to return home the same day. In order to ensure proper healing and avoid joint re-injury, patients will need to take proper care of the suture or stiches, as well as use support methods, such as crutches. Physical therapy and at-home exercises are essential to regaining joint strength and function. After 3 to 5 weeks, patients will regain the majority of joint flexibility and rotation required to complete daily tasks. However, additional strength training may be required before undertaking more intense activities.
Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Surgery
Minimally invasive hip replacement surgery is often recommended for younger or active patients suffering from severe joint damage. However, Dr. Greene will assess several factors, including joint strength and amount of damage, when determining the best treatment option. The anterior approach to hip replacement is a commonly recommended minimally invasive procedure for relieving hip pain and discomfort. During anterior hip replacement, small 3-4 inch incisions are made on the front of the hip. The location of the incisions allows Dr. Greene to perform the procedure without detaching the muscles or tendons.
Meniscus Tears in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Dr. Craig C. Greene is a fellowship-trained, board certified surgeon specializing in sports medicine, joint replacement, and arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Greene provides the highest-quality treatment to patients in the Baton Rouge area to help them return to their previous levels of activity as soon as possible. For more information about minimally invasive surgery at the Baton Rouge Orthopaedic Clinic, schedule an appointment with Dr. Greene to discuss potential treatment options for knee or hip pain.