If you suffer chronic knee pain that limits participating in daily activities and you have tried all other methods for eliminating the pain—physical therapy, lifestyle changes and pain medication—you may be a candidate for total or partial knee replacement. Total and partial knee replacement surgery allows you to regain range of motion.
Understanding that not all patients are candidates for a partial knee replacement, a total knee replacement may also be an option. Total knee replacements are usually performed on people suffering from painful arthritic conditions severe enough to limit one’s normal day-to-day activities.It is estimated that more than half a million Americans undergo total knee replacement to recover function and the ability to enjoy life once again.
Total knee replacement replaces the knee with a prosthesis. Although knee replacement surgeries have been taking place since the 1960s, recent advances in the procedures and technology have made the knee replacement much more human-like.
A total knee replacement, also called total knee arthroplasty, is a highly successful surgical procedure which involves replacement of all three compartments of the knee (the medial compartment (inside aspect of the knee), the lateral compartment (outside of the knee) and the patellofemoral compartment (in front of the knee). A total knee replacement replaces the damaged bearing surfaces in your knee that are causing pain with the goal of the procedure being provide you with a durable solution that can resolve pain, allow you to stand, sit, walk and perform other normal daily activities.
There are many different types of knee implants. Your surgeon will choose the implant that is best for you based on lifestyle, activity level and body type. Paradise Valley Hospital also is pleased to offer the Conformis knee implant—which is customized to fit each individual patient.
Recovery time varies by person, but most people go home within two or three days of surgery. Early mobility is our goal to ensure you get back to enjoying your life as soon as possible!
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