Steven Meier, MD, orthopedic surgeon at La Peer, says that although the cost for total knee arthroplasty, or total knee replacement, varies widely, parts used in the procedure are demonstrating greater durability and longevity.

Steven W. Meier, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at La Peer Health Systems, an outpatient surgery center in Los Angeles. NBC Nightly News recently covered total knee replacement surgery after one of its own anchors, Brian Williams, underwent a similar procedure for a sports-related injury sustained in high school. Dr. Meier commented on this event, noting that knee replacement parts are more durable than in the past.

“Knee injuries are, unfortunately, quite common in adults,” said Dr. Meier, Medical Director of the Joint Surgery Center of Excellence, a department of La Peer Health Systems. “The good news is that with the help of an expert orthopedic surgeon and modern technology, total or partial knee replacement can drastically improve patients’ quality of life for longer than ever before thought possible.”

Brian Williams underwent knee replacement surgery last August, and reportedly was up and walking laps around the hospital just hours following the procedure. During total knee replacement surgery, surgeons expose the knee and insert a metal and plastic plate to the tibia or shinbone to replace eroded cartilage. Then, a highly specialized metal component is inserted on the femur in order to create a smooth surface and separate the two bones.

Total knee replacement is among the most common joint replacement procedure, totaling more than double the number of wrist, ankle, shoulder, and hip replacements combined. The procedure has been perfected since its debut, and knee replacement parts are now lasting anywhere from 20-30 years on average. Currently, expert surgeons are able to perform total knee replacement surgery on an outpatient basis, eliminating the need for a lengthy hospital stays and decreasing recovery time.

“Well over half a million knee joint replacement surgeries are performed annually,” said Dr. Meier. “In many of these cases, and with the appropriate patient, other non-surgical preservation techniques could be offered as an alternative to total knee replacement.”

Unicompartimental arthroplasty, also known as partial knee replacement, preserves the healthy bone, cartilage, and ligaments in the knee, resulting in less blood loss and quicker recovery time. Patients who have undergone partial knee replacement surgery report the knee feeling more natural than with a total knee replacement. In general, our team of medical professionals finds that many individuals suffering from chronic knee pain can relieve their symptoms without a total knee joint replacement.

Dr. Meier advised, “Any individual suffering from chronic joint pain that has been resistant to other forms of treatment should contact an orthopedic surgeon immediately before symptoms worsen. Total and partial joint replacements are routine procedures that can drastically improve individuals’ quality of life and mobility.”

At the Joint Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, our team of highly trained orthopedic knee surgeons and knee specialists are committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to all patients suffering from moderate to severe joint pain. Our surgeons possess extensive training in the most advanced knee, hip, and shoulder joint replacement and preservation techniques. Many of the procedures offered at the Joint Replacement Surgery Center of Excellence can also be performed on an outpatient basis, decreasing recovery time and cost while increasing patient comfort and promoting healing.

Steven W. Meier, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, especially injuries of the shoulder and knee. His emphasis is on minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery with a particular emphasis on all-arthroscopic repair for rotator cuff injury and shoulder instability injuries, as well as reconstructive knee ligament surgery and cartilage restoration techniques.

La Peer Health Systems is an outpatient surgery center in Beverly Hills, founded by doctors and focused on providing excellent patient care alongside the most cutting-edge medical treatments available. With 40 world-renowned physicians in 13 specialties, we offer comprehensive medical treatment that takes patients from consultation to diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and ultimately aftercare. Our 13 medical departments include orthopedics & sports medicine, gastroenterology, head & neck surgery, colorectal & general surgery, podiatry, ophthalmology, pain management, plastics & reconstructive surgery, gynecology, spine surgery, interventional cardiology, bariatric surgery, and anesthesiology. Unlike large hospitals, La Peer’s unique structure offers extremely personal care in a safe and controlled environment.