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Minimally Invasive Surgery

Orthopaedics SA specialists use the latest technology, surgical instrumentation and techniques to ensure patients receive the most relevant and up to date diagnosis, non-surgical management or surgical treatment for their musculoskeletal disorder or injury. At the cornerstone of our practice is the aim to assist patients to achieve optimal recovery and safe return to their normal activities and lifestyle.

Minimally invasive total joint replacement

One of the latest surgical advances is minimally invasive surgery (MIS). MIS refers to any surgical procedure that uses a smaller incision than has been traditionally used. MIS can produce less scarring and promote a quicker recovery as a result of limited surgical exposure and reduced soft tissue trauma. Through advances in technology and instrumentation, minimally invasive techniques are commonly being used for total hip and total knee replacement surgery.

MIS involves a much smaller skin incision through which the entire joint replacement operation takes place. In total knee replacement surgery this can often mean patients receive an 8-9cm surgical scar rather than 24-25 cms. This can also mean decreased post-operative pain due to reduced surgical disruption to surrounding muscles and tendons, a shorter stay in hospital and a faster return to everyday activities.

Your specialist will be able to advise you on whether you are a suitable candidate for minimally invasive total joint replacement. Please read more about Total Joint Replacement in our Patient Information section.

Minimally invasive unicompartmental knee replacement

Improved and purpose built instrumentation has meant unicompartmental knee replacement can also be performed using a MIS technique. Unicompartmental or partial knee replacement replaces the worn part of the knee whilst retaining the healthy part of the knee joint.

Where a patient meets the criteria for MIS unicompartmental knee replacement, the benefits can include reduced scarring, less disruption to surrounding soft tissue, reduced blood loss, decreased post-operative pain and a speedier recovery.

Your specialist will be able to advise you on whether you are a suitable candidate for minimally invasive unicompartmental knee replacement.

Please read more about Unicompartmental Knee Replacement in our Patient Information section.

Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery

Minimally invasive or key-hole Bunion surgery is a technique that reduces the size of the incisions during the surgical procedure. The Minimally invasive Bunion surgical technique has evolved and is in its third generation. It involves performing an osteotomy of the first metatarsal and phalanx through keyhole incisions and stabilizing with screws under fluroscan guidance. Dr Dracopoulos has completed three cadaver workshops on this method and recently spent time in Sydney learning this technique from a recognised leading surgeon in the field. Committed to offering patients the latest technology Dr Dracopoulos has now commenced keyhole or minimally invasive surgery for selected bunion cases.

Please read more about Bunion surgery in our Foot and Ankle section, including information about appointments for Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery. 

Please direct any enquiries or referral to Dr George Dracopoulos,