There are several different treatment options for knee arthritis. Each patient is unique and some will respond to certain treatments better than others. It is usually best to begin with the most Illustration of the knee joint conservative treatments.
Sometimes conservative treatments for arthritis pain stop being effective and simple activities such as walking or climbing stairs become difficult or impossible. If this is the case, total knee replacement may be an option.
A total knee replacement is also known as a total knee arthroplasty. It involves removing the damaged portion of the knee and capping the bony surfaces with man-made prosthetic implants.
Although total knee replacements provide excellent results and patient satisfaction, they are typically reserved for patients who have exhausted all other options.
How is it Different from Total Knee Arthroplasty?
Partial Knee Replacement surgery replaces a damaged portion of the knee—the medial (inside), lateral (outside) or the patella (kneecap), with a prosthetic implant. This then leaves healthy ligaments and unaffected cartilage in place.
Is a Same-Day Procedure Right for You?
Some patients may be good candidates for a same-day outpatient joint replacement procedure. If you are a candidate, it is a safe and convenient alternative to a traditional overnight hospital stay. Learn more about same-day outpatient joint replacements.