Knee replacement is a surgical procedure that decreases pain and improves the quality of life for patients with severe arthritis of the knees. Arthritis is a disease of the articular cartilage, the smooth cushion between joints. In a healthy knee, this cartilage prevents the bones between the thigh bone and shin bone from rubbing against each other.
Over time or after injury, the cartilage begins to wear away, leading to bone-on-bone contact. The nerves surrounding the bone become irritated, resulting in the pain and swelling associated with arthritis. Knee replacements can alleviate that pain and increase mobility.
Types of Knee Replacement Procedures
Total Knee Replacement
Total knee replacement is a successful procedure that is a common way to relieve pain and restore motion to the joint. The 2-3 hour procedure involves resurfacing the damaged bone and cartilage in the knee joint with metal alloy and plastic components.
The benefits of a total knee replacement are:
- Reduced joint pain
- Increased leg strength
- Improved quality of life
- Years of easier movement
Total knee replacements have a ten-year success rate in excess of 90 percent. To speak to a total knee replacement specialist, schedule an appointment or call (928) 344-7400.
Partial Knee Replacement
||Patients may find relief from arthritis through partial knee replacement. In this minimally invasive procedure, surgeons use a 2-3 inch incision and remove only the diseased portion of the knee where they will place the prosthesis.
Compared to total knee replacement procedures, the benefits of partial knee replacement are:
- Smaller incision and scar
- Reduced hospital stay
- Decreased pain
- Quicker rehabilitation/recovery time
- Less blood loss
- Greater range of motion
An orthopedic surgeon is trained to make the best decision about what procedure is best for you.
Are you a Candidate for Knee Replacement Surgery?
If you are experiencing the following, you may be a candidate for knee replacement surgery:
- Daily Pain
- Severe pain that restricts work, recreation and ordinary daily activities
- Significant stiffness in the knee
- Visible deformity (knock-knees or bow-legs) that hinders normal function of the knee
- Arthritic damage
- Failure of non-surgical treatment
To discuss options with our specialists, please schedule an appointment by calling (928) 336-7400.