Knee replacement surgery could be an option for you if you have extensive damage to your knee that isn't repairable any other way.
The most likely reason for having this kind of knee damage is arthritis, the most common form of which is osteoarthritis. Arthritis causes damage to the joint linings and cartilage protecting your bones, and it typically worsens over time.
It's usually possible to manage the pain and stiffness arthritis can cause using a combination of physical therapy, lifestyle changes, and medication. You might also benefit from joint injections that reduce tissue inflammation or provide additional lubrication.
In time, as your arthritis progresses, these treatments might stop working. You could also suffer traumatic knee injuries following a fall or auto accident that shatters the bones in your knees. In either case, knee replacement surgery could be the answer.
There are three types of knee replacement surgery:
To perform knee replacement surgery, your provider takes out any damaged cartilage and the ends of your knee bones. They might also resurface your patella (kneecap) by replacing the cartilage on the back of your patella with an artificial component.
They then insert a spacer between the artificial ends of your bones to allow natural joint function.
Whenever possible, the Beaufort Orthopaedic Sports & Spine team uses a minimally invasive arthroscopic approach to keep tissue damage to a minimum and promote faster healing. You should be able to leave the same day as your knee replacement operation.
If your knees are causing chronic pain and nothing seems to help, talk to the experts at Beaufort Orthopaedic Sports & Spine about knee replacement. Call today or book your appointment online.