Understanding Knee Replacement Surgery

Posted by Signature Medical Group on Thursday, May 18, 2017 in Orthopedics

Are you having trouble walking, going up stairs and getting in and out of chairs? Are you in pain, even while sleeping? Has joint degeneration in your knee caused any deformities? Are other treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications and cortisone injections not working?

You may be a candidate for knee replacement surgery. Also called arthroplasty, knee replacement is a surgical procedure to resurface a knee damaged by arthritis. Metal and plastic parts are used to cap the ends of the bones that form the knee joint, along with the kneecap.

At Signature Medical Group, our orthopedic surgeons are specialists in knee replacements. We offer the latest techniques to help you heal faster.

Even if you don't need a total replacement, our orthopedic specialists can help with less invasive treatment. You can often see us the same day you make an appointment. And we offer convenient hours at night and on weekends.

Various types of arthritis may affect the knee joint, Johns Hopkins Medicine points out.

Osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that affects mostly middle-aged and older adults, may cause the breakdown of joint cartilage and bone in the knees.

Rheumatoid arthritis, which causes inflammation of the synovial membrane and results in excessive synovial fluid, can lead to pain and stiffness.

Traumatic arthritis, which comes from injury, may cause damage to the cartilage of the knee.

The goal of knee replacement surgery is to resurface the parts of the knee joint that have been damaged and to relieve knee pain that cannot be controlled by other treatments.

At Signature Medical Group, our orthopedic specialists help heal a variety of knee conditions. We're also experts in treating problems that may crop up with the hand, wrist, shoulders and feet.

Make an appointment today and stop living in pain.