Knee Replacement SurgeryPatients who suffer from severe knee arthritis often find it difficult to perform simple exercises such as climbing up or down stairs, and even walking. For some individuals, pain can continue when sitting or lying down, and at night.
At Triangle Orthopaedics, we focus on minimally invasive techniques to accelerate recovery times after surgery, and get patients back to their regular activities as soon as possible. With knee replacement surgery, our team of experts strive to help patients reduce knee pain and return to the activities they enjoy the most. We offer a wide variety of procedures and treatments to ensure that our patients find the individualized care that they deserve.
Partial Knee Replacement
For patients who have arthritis in a single area of the knee, a partial knee replacement may be a great treatment option. With a partial knee replacement, the bone, ligaments, and cartilage in the healthy parts of the knee are left intact, and only the portion of the knee which is worn away is replaced. Because patients keep the healthy parts of their own knee, and only resurface that area that has worn out, many report that a partial knee replacement feels more natural and more like a normal knee when compared to a total knee replacement. Patients typically recover more quickly from a partial knee replacement as well.
Our surgeons specialize in MAKOplasty technology, a new innovative technique using robotic assistance to increase the precision of a partial knee replacement. MAKOplasty is performed with a robotic arm and 3-D visualization, to help obtain optimal implant positioning and alignment. The virtual instrumentation and tactile feedback of the robotic arm facilitates a controlled resurfacing of the arthritic portion of the knee, allowing healthy bone and tissue to be saved. A detailed pre-surgical plan is created using a CT scan and 3-D model of the knee. During the procedure, real-time feedback allows for ideal implant positioning and placement. Surgical accuracy and planning can result in a more natural feeling knee and improved range of motion after surgery.
In addition, patients may experience the following from a partial knee replacement surgery:
Partial knee replacement surgery has helped relieve knee pain for countless patients, and can be a great treatment option for those with arthritis that is just localized to specific areas of the knee.
Total Knee ReplacementFor patients with widespread cartilage loss (advanced arthritis) throughout the knee, a total knee replacement is the treatment of choice to relieve pain, regain mobility, and improve function.
During the procedure, the damaged portions of the joint are removed from the end of the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone), and caps are placed over the ends of the bones similar to how a crown is placed over a tooth. Between these two caps, a polymer liner is placed which is the gliding surface for the new knee. The surrounding muscles and ligaments support the knee replacement, as they do for a normal knee
Your physician will meet with you to discuss your medical history and to evaluate if a total knee replacement is the right procedure for your needs. Because of our focus on minimally invasive techniques, patients can experience shorter recovery times and dramatically improved function after surgery.
Learn More about Partial and Total Knee Replacement Surgeries
Knee pain does not have to be permanent. To find out more information about partial and total knee replacement surgeries, please contact our Triangle Orthopaedics team. We have multiple clinics throughout North Carolina to best suit our patientsŐ needs and address any questions that arise.
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