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 all types of knee replacement using the most advanced technology 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
- Total Knee Replacement
- Computer-Assisted Knee Replacement
- Knee Replacement Recovery
- Knee Replacement Results
- Knee Replacement Cost
- Knee Replacement Alternatives
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.
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Robotic-Arm Assisted Knee Replacement
To provide the best care possible, our extensively trained orthopaedic surgeons are experienced in using robotic-arm assisted surgical techniques that can enhance the precision of your procedure. Robot-assisted surgery uses a robotic arm to help make cuts in the bone and tissues and/or resurface damaged areas to enhance the outcome. This approach can also reduce recovery times and scarring, as well as provide other notable benefits for the patient. No matter the technology used, the surgeon is always in control.
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.
Knee Replacement Results
The average total knee replacement typically lasts as much as 20 years or more, but how you recover and treat your body following the procedure will play an important role in how long the device can benefit you. Partial knee replacements may not last as long, with approximately 1 in 10 patients needing a repeat procedure after around 10 years. Again, proper healing, physical therapy, and lifestyle adjustments can protect and preserve your results, thus leading to longer-lasting outcomes. No implant is designed to last forever, but we can help you get the most out of yours. During your consultation, our medical team will review the ways you can contribute to making your knee replacement the best it can be.
Knee Replacement Cost
The price of a total knee replacement can vary from person to person, although on average it’s approximately $50,000. If you have medical insurance, your policy will likely cover most of the fees associated with your treatment. The complexity of your procedure, number of days spent in the hospital, and other factors will play a role in the final cost. We recommend speaking with your insurance agent to determine how much of the total price you will be responsible for.
Knee Replacement Alternatives
For most patients, a knee replacement is the last resort. We believe in using the most conservative, effective treatment possible to address your concern. Some of the ways you can take pressure off your knees and potentially reduce discomfort include physical therapy, weight loss, oral medications, stem cell treatments, and even acupuncture. Knee injections using hyaluronic acid or cortisone may also help to relieve your pain or mobility issues. If you would like suggestions on non-surgical and minimally invasive alternatives to knee replacement, our medical team will review all the recommended approaches at your appointment.
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.