Total Knee Replacement

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What is a Total Knee Replacement?

The diagnosis of a DEGENERATIVE KNEE starts with a complete history and physical examination by your doctor. X-rays will be required to determine the extent of the degenerative process and may suggest a cause for the degeneration. Other tests may be required if there is reason to believe that other conditions are contributing to the degenerative process. Blood tests may be required to rule out systemic arthritis (such as Rheumatoid Arthritis) or infection in the knee.

Symptoms

The symptoms of a degenerative knee joint usually begin as pain while bearing weight on the affected knee. You may limp and the knee may become swollen with fluid. The degeneration can lead to a reduction in the range of motion of the affected knee – the knee bends less than normal and may lose the ability to completely straighten out. Bone spurs will usually develop and can be seen on X-ray. Finally, as the condition becomes worse, the pain may be present all the time and may even keep you awake at night.

WHAT ARE MY TREATMENT OPTIONS?

In knee replacement surgery, the damaged bone and cartilage are replaced with metal and plastic surfaces that are shaped to restore knee movement and function. The new artificial knee is called a prosthesis. The prosthesis is generally composed of two metal pieces fitted onto the ends of the tibia (shin bone) and the femur (thigh bone) and a plastic piece inserted between them to act as a bearing. Stainless steel, cobalt or chrome alloys or titanium may be used for these components. Durable, wear resistant polyethylene (plastic) is used for the bearing. A plastic bone cement may be used to anchor the prosthesis into the bone. Some joint replacements also can be implanted without cement when the prosthesis is designed to fit and lock onto the bone directly.

Meet Our Knee Experts

Michael Gross, MD

Sports Medicine Specialist

Michael Benke, MD

Sports Medicine Specialist

Oscar Vazquez, MD

Sports Medicine Specialist

Thomas John, MD

Joint Replacement Specialist

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