Deciding About Knee Replacement

Deciding About Knee ReplacementArthritis (osteoarthrits, rheumatoid, tramatic) is the leading degenerative knee disease leading to the need for knee replacement surgery. Knee fractures, as well as some types of knee conditions can also lead to knee joint degeneration. Your surgeon will consider total knee surgery when alternative methods such as changes in activities, mild painkillers, and physiotherapy have been exhausted. Depending on your age and the damage to the tissue, your surgeon may suggest partial knee replacement instead of a total knee replacement.
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Reasons for Knee Replacement Surgery

Although there are several conditions which may lead to the need for knee replacement, arthritis (whether it be osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or traumatic arthritis) is the most common reason. A number of other factors contribute to joint disease […]

How successful is knee replacement surgery?

Knee replacement has become the most common form of joint replacement surgery. In 2010 over 721,000 such procedures were performed in the United States.1 Between 1991 and 2010, the incidence of knee replacements increased by over 161%, due partly to […]

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What are the risks of delaying my knee replacement surgery?

Patients delay knee replacement surgery for a number of reasons, mostly out of fear and misinformation. Dr. Ian Clark, a medical researcher and founder of Peterson Tribology Laboratory for joint replacement at Loma Linda University, writes, “Most patients delay unnecessarily […]

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Why Computer Imaging May Be Used Prior To Knee Replacement

Successful treatment of knee problems is aided by gathering as much information as possible about the diseased joint before forming a plan of treatment. Patients who are candidates for a knee replacement may have some form of diagnostic imaging performed […]

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Knee Osteoarthritis (Arthritis)

Healthy vs. Arthritic Knee Joint Osteoarthritis, also known as “wear and tear” arthritis, is a joint inflammation that results from cartilage degeneration. Healthy cartilage acts as a specially lubricated surface in the joint and under normal conditions is perfectly smooth. […]

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Will my knee be straightened with surgery?

It is very common for an arthritic knee to become crooked. This deformity may even progressively worsen over time. Not only can knee replacement surgery potentially eliminate the pain caused by knee arthritis, it should correct or improve a […]

Stryker: Are you a candidate for knee replacement surgery?

How do I know if I need knee replacement surgery?

The most common diagnosis of the cause of knee pain prior to knee replacement is osteoarthritis. If you are prevented from carrying out your everyday activities due to pain or discomfort in the knee, then you may have arthritis […]

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Why is it important to get a second opinion for a total knee replacement?

While total knee surgery is a common procedure with a high success rate in the US, getting a second opinion is still recommended. Each surgeon has had a specific training and education, and more experience with certain procedures over others. […]

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Possible Knee Replacement Surgery Complications

As with any surgical procedure, complications may occur following knee replacement. Surgeons will counsel their patients regarding these possible complications (and their probabilities) before consenting to any surgery. Bloodclots in the veins of the legs Bloodclots (thrombosis) are the […]

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Choosing a Knee Replacement Surgeon

You’ve suffered through pain and discomfort related to your knee degeneration and have finally decided to consult with an orthopedic surgeon. Choosing the right orthopedic surgeon is very important to a successful surgery and recovery. A few considerations when […]