The knee allows you to move in a variety of ways and to perform a broad array of actions, both recreational and functional. When overuse, wear and tear, injury, or disease reduce the mobility of this joint, pain and discomfort can develop. If you’re experiencing chronic issues and reduced well-being as a result of knee problems, knee replacement may be the right choice for you. At All-Star Orthopaedics, our extensively trained orthopaedic surgeons offer the most advanced knee treatments available. We focus on providing state-of-the-art, minimally invasive techniques that help patients recover faster and with less pain. If you’re ready to talk about your options, contact our practice to schedule a consultation today.
Partial Knee Replacement
Partial knee joint replacement is a minimally invasive surgical procedure designed for patients with arthritis that affects only one part of the knee. In total knee replacement, all the cartilage is removed; however, partial knee joint replacement involves removal of only the cartilage that has been damaged—the healthy cartilage can be left in place. This procedure typically requires a smaller incision and can result in a much quicker recovery time when compared to full knee replacement. Not all patients are candidates for this treatment. Our experienced orthopaedic surgeons will evaluate your needs and determine if partial knee replacement surgery is the best option for you.
Total Knee Replacement
Total knee replacement is known as one of the most successful procedures in the field of surgery, and can help those with arthritis and other conditions affecting the knee reduce pain, increase range of motion, feel more comfortable standing and walking, and develop better strength in the knee area. The procedure involves the placement of the worn-out surfaces of cartilage in the joint with a prosthesis made of biocompatible metals and plastics. Knee replacement is typically performed on patients who suffer from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, which ultimately cause inflammation and eventual destruction of cartilage.
Returning Home and Recovery
A partial knee replacement can often be performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning you should be able to return home the same day as your operation. Total knee replacement generally requires a hospital stay. Patients can usually expect a recovery period of about three months to allow the knee to heal properly. Within 12-24 hours of your surgery, we may have you begin to practice some exercises to improve recovery and help begin the healing process. Physical therapy is an essential part of achieving an optimal outcome. At every stage of your journey, our experienced medical team will be available to guide you and provide support and information so that you can return to activity as quickly and as comfortably as possible.
Don’t suffer from knee pain and dysfunction for longer than necessary. Talk to our friendly and knowledgeable medical team to find out if knee replacement is right for you.