Knee Replacement

Orthopedic Knee Replacement Surgery in Maryland and DC.

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Total Knee Replacement

A total knee replacement is actually cartilage replacement with an artificial surface. The knee itself is not replaced. An artificial substitute for the cartilage is inserted onto the end of the shinbone and the thighbone. This is done with a metal alloy on the end of the thighbone and the shinbone with a medical-quality plastic inserted between them. The cartilage on the undersurface of the kneecap also can be replaced with plastic. Replacement of the worn cartilage with the metal and plastic implant creates a new, smooth cushion and a functioning joint.

Although not a normal knee, a replaced knee provides relief from the arthritis pain. Most patients have a marked decrease in their pain with substantial improvement in function after a knee replacement, which allows them to remain active and enjoy activities that had previously been limited because of pain. You may go home the same day as surgery or the next day.

Partial Knee Replacement

In a partial knee replacement (unicompartmental), your surgeon will replace only the damaged area or side of your knee. Partial knee replacements are used in cases where one side of the knee joint is damaged and is in need of repair or replacement.

Since this surgery is performed with a smaller incision, there is less bleeding, quicker recovery and less bone loss than with a total knee replacement. This allows you to keep more of your natural bone, tissue and ligaments when compared to a total knee replacement (replacing two or three knee surfaces). You will most likely go home the same day as your surgery.

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