KNEE REPLACEMENT FACT
There are more than 400,000 total knee replacements in the United States each year.
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Deterioration of the knee joint can affect every aspect of a person's life. In its early stages, people commonly ignore the symptoms of osteoarthritis, but as the disease progresses, activities such as walking, driving and standing become painful and challenging.
Experts have designed the latest knee replacement implants to create a smoothly functioning joint that prevents painful bone-on-bone contact. Your surgeon may elect to replace all or part of your knee, depending on your condition and the extent to which arthritis affects your knee.
Knee osteoarthritis usually occurs first in the medial (inside) compartment of the knee because this side of the knee bears most weight. For patients with limited knee arthritis, surgeons may opt to perform a unicompartmental (partial) knee replacement. Unlike total knee replacement, which removes all of the knee joint surfaces, a unicompartmental knee replacement replaces only one side of the knee joint. In knees that are otherwise healthy, a unicompartmental approach allows the outer compartment and all ligaments to remain intact. By retaining all of the undamaged parts, the joint may bend better and function more naturally.
Regardless of the degree of knee replacement you require, our experts use minimally invasive techniques. While traditional knee replacements involve large incisions, minimally invasive knee replacement uses a very small incision (3 to 4 inches). Because there is less damage to the tissue around the knee, you will likely experience less pain, less blood loss during surgery, a shortened hospital stay and a faster recovery.