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Knee Replacement

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Severe pain in the knee joint is commonly treated with potent medication and physical therapy.  When these measures do not suffice, a knee replacement may be a viable option.  Some common causes of chronic knee pain are the following:


Rheumatoid arthritis

Arthritis due to trauma

Sports injuries

The surgeons will make an incision that extends past the knee joint in order to begin a dissection that will expose the joint.  The damaged portions of the femur and the fibula are sectioned and are then prepared for implant placement.

In a knee replacement there are two components: the femur implant and the tibial implant.  An artificial material that mimics the action of the menisci will separate these components.

About the surgery

Anesthesia: Regional
OR time: 2:00 to 2:30 hours
Recovery time in hospital: 3 to 4 days
Recovery period after discharge: 3 - 6 weeks