I have a trip to Italy planned in two months. I also need a knee replacement before I go. The surgeon offered me the new minimally invasive "faster" surgery. Should I do it?

It all depends on how important a quick recovery is to you...and how much it's worth in terms of risk. There's a chance that the implant won't last as long as the standard joint replacement. This risk of early failure is usually accompanied by persistent pain.

On the other hand, most patients who have the mini-approach are back to their normal activities after only one to four weeks' time. This would certainly fit in with your travel plans.

Studies done so far show no reason to think you shouldn't go ahead with this plan. So long as you know the potential problems, you'll know the worst that could happen. Bon voyage!