The Muscle-Sparing Approach: A Minimally Invasive Option for Total Knee Replacement

We understand that knee pain can significantly impact your quality of life. If you’ve been diagnosed with severe arthritis, a traditional total knee replacement with a long recovery may seem daunting. But there may be a better, minimally invasive option that offers faster healing: The Muscle-Sparing Approach.

What is the Muscle-Sparing Approach to total knee replacement?

The Muscle-Sparing Approach is a breakthrough minimally invasive surgical technique for total knee replacement developed by Dr. Thomas Gautsch at Southern Sports Medicine Institute. Unlike traditional methods that access the knee joint through the quadriceps muscle (the muscle responsible for straightening your leg), the Muscle-Sparing Approach goes through the side of the knee, minimizing muscle disruption.

What are the benefits? 

This technique translates to several potential benefits for you, the patient:

  • Reduced Pain: Preserving the quadriceps muscle means less post-operative pain and quicker regaining of strength and mobility.
  • Faster Recovery: Since the quadriceps is spared, you can use it right after surgery. This helps you regain motion faster and get back to your daily activities sooner.
  • Potential for Outpatient Surgery: In most cases, this approach allows for outpatient total knee replacement, meaning you can recover comfortably at home instead of staying at the hospital.

Is the Muscle Sparing Approach to total knee replacement right for you?

The Muscle-Sparing Approach is a great option for many patients undergoing total knee replacement. However, it’s not suitable for everyone. During your consultation, your doctor will discuss your medical history, imaging, and any other relevant information to determine if the Muscle-Sparing Approach is the best course of action for you.

Considering Total Knee Replacement? 

If you’re struggling with knee pain and considering total knee replacement, we encourage you to schedule a consultation. Request an appointment online or call us at 615.885.0200 to schedule yours today. We’ll discuss your individual needs and explore all potential treatment options, including the Muscle-Sparing Approach, to help you get back to enjoying an active life.

Dr. Christopher Cook is a Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine & Joint Replacement Specialist at Advanced Ortho and Spine. He provides a full spectrum of Joint Replacement, Sports Medicine, and Shoulder & Upper Extremity services. Contact us today for more information or to request an appointment. Contact us today for more information or to request an appointment. 





Dr. Lee Swiderek is a Fellowship-Trained and Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon & Joint Replacement Specialist at Advanced Ortho and Spine. He provides a full spectrum of Joint Replacement and Complex Hip and Knee Reconstruction services. He has mastered the Muscle Sparing Approach technique and combines it with the most advanced robot-assisted technology available today to optimize patient results. Contact us today for more information or to request an appointment. 





With two locations near Nashville in Mt. Juliet and Hermitage, Advanced Ortho and Spine provides patients with high-quality, personalized care while advancing orthopaedic excellence. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment.

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