Chronic knee pain is a very common occurrence, and affects people of all ages and activity levels. When knee pain does not respond to conservative therapies such as physical therapy or anti-inflammatory medication, surgery is frequently an option that has a good chance of relieving pain and restoring better function to the knee. Knee joint replacement surgery is considered a very effective surgical procedure for people who have tried other options over the years and have failed to improve after more conservative treatment.
Knee replacement involves the surgical removal of damaged parts of the knee and implanting durable, prosthetic, joint surfaces into the bone. This procedure can give patients dramatic relief from pain and restore mobility to an otherwise dysfunctional and very painful knee.
The Joint Surgery Center of Excellence offers a team of renowned orthopedic surgeons committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care for every patient. Our surgeons possess extensive training in the most advanced knee replacement and preservation techniques, a feature that translates to better outcomes and exceptional patient satisfaction.
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Anatomy of the Knee
The knee is one of the largest joints in the body and is critical to the performance of most normal daily activities. It is formed by the junction of the femur (thigh bone) and the tibia (shinbone). The surface of each bone is covered by articular cartilage, a lubricated tissue that protects the bones, cushions against impact, and facilitates smooth movement of the joint. Four major ligaments and the meniscus stabilize the knee during motion, and against outside forces. When there is inflammation, degeneration, or injury of any of the components in the knee, people often experience chronic pain and reduced function.
What Conditions Does Knee Replacement Treat?
At the Joint Surgery Center of Excellence, our orthopedic surgeons possess extensive knowledge of knee injuries and diseases. We have performed many knee replacements on patients and helped them achieve exceptional post-surgical satisfaction. Patients who undergo knee replacement surgery typically have severe or debilitating knee pain due to one or more of the following conditions:
- Osteoarthritis – A “wear and tear” form of cartilage and joint degeneration that is often age-related.
- Rheumatoid arthritis – An often painful inflammatory disease that affects the joints.
- Post-traumatic arthritis – A serious knee injury, such as a fracture, contusion, or impact to the bones or joint may result in damaged articular cartilage.
Types of Knee Replacement Surgery
Before undergoing surgery, each patient should complete a comprehensive medical evaluation to confirm that a knee replacement will be the most effective approach to relieving pain and restoring function. However, not every knee replacement involves replacing the entire knee joint with a prosthetic. Depending on the location and severity of a patient’s joint degeneration, our orthopedic surgeons may present the most beneficial of two different replacement procedures if it is evident that joint replacement is warranted:
- Total Knee Replacement (Total Knee Arthroplasty, or TKA)
- Partial Knee Replacement (Unicompartmental Arthroplasty)
Knee replacement can provide dramatic relief to patients suffering from chronic and debilitating joint pain. Patients who undergo total knee replacement, in some severe cases, may not be able to regain full range of motion of their knee, but it is very likely they will be able to perform most activities without pain, including swimming, walking, biking, dancing, and other low-impact and low-stress activities. Many patients who have undergone TKA regain nearly full function of the knee once they have successfully completed a physical therapy rehabilitation program.
Partial knee replacement can be helpful for a certain small percentage of joint replacement candidates, and this procedure also aims to improve mobility and relieve pain in the affected knee. With the proper care and rehabilitation, a knee replacement can function very well for over 15 years.
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Contact a Los Angeles Orthopedic Knee Surgeon
The Joint Surgery Center of Excellence is a team of highly skilled orthopedic surgeons specializing in knee replacement surgery. Our expert knee surgeons are well trained in the most advanced knee replacement procedures and are leaders in the field of joint preservation. The unparalleled technical expertise of our surgeons, combined with our state-of-the-art outpatient surgical facility in Los Angeles, both help to ensure the best results and optimal recovery for our patients.
For more information on knee replacement surgery or to schedule a consultation with one of our renowned orthopedic surgeons, please contact us at (888) 318-2842.
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