Your knees are some of the most utilized joints in your body. Over time, they may become painful and stiff. These symptoms occur as a result of injuries, chronic illness, or simple wear and tear from years of constant use. After more conservative approaches fail, Knee Replacement surgery is often an excellent alternative to improve your quality of life. During surgery, the damaged knee joint is replaced with an artificial implant (prosthesis). Following surgery, most patients experience a reduction or elimination of pain, increased leg strength, greater comfort in daily activities, and years of easier movement.
Your treatment plan will be detemined by your physician following a detailed physical exam and medical history. The surgical approach will include either a total knee replacement, which includes all of the joint, or a partial knee replacement, which includes only the damaged section of the joint. Your physician will help choose which option is appropriate for you. Following surgery, you will recover for a few days in an acute care hospital facility. Afterwards, you will be transferred to a rehabilitation hospital or home, depending upon your progress, and will continue physical therapy to build muscle strength and improve joint motion.
Many knee issues can be effectively treated with modern Arthroscopy techniques. The arthrocope is a minimally invasive device that allows the physician to directly evaluate the knee joint through a camera, light source, and monitor. Your physician will make a few small incisions or portals in your knee. The arthroscope is inserted in one of the portals for evaluation and diagnosis, and the physician may use the other portals for surgical tools to correct your knee.
Arthroscopy is effectively used to treat injuries to the Meniscus, Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), Cartilage, or PatellaTendon.