Minimizing Errors in Minimally Invasive Total Knee Arthroplasty

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Abstract

The successful performance of a surgical procedure requires the skills of any craftsman. The interaction of the individual with materials and tools must be integrated in a sequence of steps designed to achieve an ultimate functional result. A comprehensive understanding of the materials and their handling characteristics, the proper use of the tools and their effect on the materials, and the goals of each step in the procedure (along with an understanding of subsidiary goals that relate to the ultimate goals of the procedure) must be combined via feedback mechanisms on the materials by the cognitive processes of the craftsman. Practice, routine performance evaluation, and the goals of continuous improvement will decrease the incidence of complications in any procedure but are especially important in the performance of minimally invasive total knee arthroplasty.

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