Knee Replacement

Total Knee Replacement

Knee pain from arthritis can be particularly debilitating because we use our knees in almost all daily activities. If you are experiencing severe knee pain that interferes with your normal functioning, your CFO physican may recommend a total knee replacement. Trained in the latest techniques including bloodless surgery, Center for Orthopaedics can discuss your options when it comes to your knee pain.

A total knee replacement involves cutting away the damaged bone of the knee joint and replacing it with a prosthesis. This "new joint" prevents the bones from rubbing together and provides a smooth knee joint.

In the total knee replacement procedure, each prosthesis is made up of four parts. The tibial component has two elements and replaces the top of the shin bone or tibia. This prosthesis is made up of a metal tray attached directly to the bone and a plastic spacer that provides the bearing surface.

The femoral component replaces the bottom of the thigh bone or femur. This component also replaces the groove where the patella, or kneecap, sits.

The patellar component replaces the surface of the knee cap, which rubs against the femur. The patella protects the joint, and the resurfaced patellar button will slide smoothly on the front of the joint.

Bilateral Total Knee Replacement

If you have arthritis in both of your knees and are a candidate for a knee replacement, you may have both of them done at the same time. Center for Orthopaedics is one of the only groups in the area offering simultaneous bilateral total knee replacements. Patients who opt to have this done benefit from overall reduced costs and less total recovery time when compared to having them done separately. Talk to your CFO physician to see if this is an option for you.

Partial Knee Replacement

Knee pain from arthritis can be particularly debilitating because we use our knees in almost all of our daily activities. If you are experiencing severe knee pain that interferes with your normal functioning, your CFO physican may recommend a partial knee replacement, also known as uni-compartmental knee replacement.

This procedure is much less invasive than total knee replacement and may give relief to patients suffering from arthritis of the knee or a knee injury. Partial knee replacement surgery replaces only the damaged area of your knee joint, may require only one day of hospitalization, and results in dramatically less recovery time when compared with total knee replacement surgery.

The knee can be divided into three compartments: the medial compartment, the lateral compartment, and the patello-femoral compartment. The uni-compartmental implant is designed to replace either the medial or lateral compartment.

The uni-compartmental knee replacement is a minimally invasive option for patients with knee arthritis that is isolated to either the medial or lateral compartment of the knee. This minimally invasive procedure provides several benefits to patients who have a moderately active lifestyle, are within normal weight ranges, and have arthritis that is confined to a single compartment. 

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