When chronic knee pain stops you from walking or enjoying your favorite activities, it may be time for a total knee replacement. If you face that decision, it helps to know that more than 90% of knee replacements continue to work well for at least 15 years. The physicians at Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine, with four locations in Cincinnati, a location in West Chester, Ohio, and an office in Highland Heights, Kentucky, have the expertise you can rely on for optimal results. To learn more, call the office that’s most convenient for you or use online booking to schedule a consultation today.
Osteoarthritis is the most common reason men and women need a total knee replacement. However, many problems that lead to joint deterioration, such as trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, and other diseases may ultimately require knee replacement surgery.
You may need a total knee replacement when you have problems such as:
Treatment for knee pain always begins with conservative options, such as medication and physical therapy. When you still have pain and limited movement despite these therapies, your doctor at Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine may recommend a total knee replacement.
With today’s advanced materials and procedures, total knee replacements are safe and very effective. During your surgery, your doctor at Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine removes all the damaged tissue found underneath your kneecap and on the ends of your femur and tibia. After cleaning and reshaping the bones, your doctor attaches the prosthetic implants.
The ends of each bone are restored with a metal prosthetic, while a plastic piece goes under your kneecap. Then your doctor inserts a plastic spacer between the metal prosthetics to serve as the cartilage that allows smooth movement.
Total knee replacement surgery may be performed using either technique. During traditional open surgery, your doctor makes one incision that’s 8-10 inches in size. By comparison, minimally invasive surgery is performed through an incision that’s about half that size.
Whenever possible, the doctors at Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine prefer a minimally invasive procedure because it spares your muscles. They can either avoid cutting the quadriceps muscle and tendon, or they make a very small cut to accommodate the surgical tools. Sparing the muscles results in less postoperative pain and a quicker recovery.
The type of joint replacement surgery you receive is based on your overall health and the severity of your knee condition. During your consultation, you’ll learn about your options and which type of surgery is best for you.
If you suffer from chronic knee pain, stiffness, and limited mobility, call Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.