Knee Replacement, Resurfacing, Revision

MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing

MAKOplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing

When your surgeon considers you for a knee replacement, your age, lifestyle, and extent of damage to the joint are all influential in the decision making process. If the damage to your knee is relatively minor, your surgeon may elect for conservative or non-invasive treatments for your knee pain. Your surgeon’s decision to use one procedure over another, or one type of implant over another, often depends on his training and clinical situation. In some cases, your surgeon will be able to preserve part of the knee through resurfacing or partially replacing components of your arthritic knee. Robotic guidance systems have been approved by the FDA to assist your surgeon with removing and resurfacing only the arthritic part of a knee without sacrificing your entire knee joint. This “minimally invasive” procedure is performed through a 2-3 inch incision and allows your surgeon to preserve as much of your natural bone and tissue as possible.
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About Knee Replacement

In order to understand knee replacement it helps to first understand the knee joint itself, the types of knee replacement surgery, and a little about the knee replacement implants for each type of knee replacement. The Parts of Your Knee […]

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Total Knee Replacement Surgery

When a surgeon considers a patient for a total knee replacement, she takes into account your age, lifestyle, and damage to the joint. The decision to use one procedure over another, or one type of implant over another, can depend on the surgeon’s training and experience. Total knee replacement surgeries offer among the greatest success rates of all orthopedic operations. […]

What is the difference between total knee replacement and partial knee replacement?

What is the difference between total knee replacement and partial knee replacement?

If the knee joint disease is restricted to the inner side of the knee, your surgeon may simply reshape the damaged surfaces (partial (aka: "uni")). Not all patients are candidates, but a uni is considered less invasive and can require shorter recovery time than total knee replacement. […]

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Knee Resurfacing and Partial Knee Replacement

Knee Resurfacing (also known as Partial Knee Resurfacing, Partial Knee Replacement (PKR)) retains the healthy compartments of your knee joint and only replaces the damaged surfaces. Resurfacing may be an option for you if the arthritic deterioration of your knee […]

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Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) for Knee Replacement

Improvements in technique and surgical instrumentation allow today’s surgeons to insert prosthetic knee joints using shorter skin cuts with less surgical trauma, resulting in fewer days spent in the hospital. These most recent trends in knee replacement surgery focus on […]

Advantages of Minimally Invasive Surgery for Knee Replacement

The ultimate goal of minimally invasive surgery is not only to make a shorter skin cut, but also to reduce deep muscle trauma associated with surgery, such that pain is lessened, discharge is expedited, and the need for prolonged physical therapy is reduced. […]

Surgical Procedures and Other Knee Treatments

Knee replacement surgery – like all surgeries – is generally only recommended after all conservative (non-invasive) treatment options fail to provide relief from symptoms. The knee joint can be damaged by osteoarthritis, other forms of arthritis, ligament injuries, tendonitis […]

Knee Revision Surgery

A knee revision procedure involves removing and replacing a partial or total knee implant with a new implant. It can be a complex surgical procedure that may require extensive preoperative planning, specialized implants and tools, and a skilled surgeon experienced […]

Knee Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy (not to be confused with arthroplasty) comes from two Greek words and literally means “to look within the joint.”1 Arthroscopic surgery allows your orthopedic surgeon to see, diagnose, and treat problems inside your knee. Your doctor may recommend […]

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MUA (Manipulation Under Anesthesia) After Total Knee Replacement

Manipulation under Anesthesia is a technique for treating stiffness and poor range of motion following total knee arthroplasty (TKA) or knee revision surgery. Stiffness and decreased range of motion after TKA affects approximately 6 to 7% of patients.1 MUA […]

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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 […]

Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement Approaches and Procedures

“Minimally invasive knee replacement” refer to several procedures and strategies that you should understand carefully. Some so-called MIS procedures are simply variations of existing techniques, others are genuine advances that go much beyond just making a smaller skin cut. […]

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Tourniquet Use in Knee Replacement Surgery

If you are considering knee replacement surgery and you are like most patients, you are a little concerned about post-operative pain and rehabilitation. In fact, the subject is well studied and “pain immediately after surgery” and “length of recovery” are […]

Bilateral Total Knee Replacement

Bilateral knee replacement surgery means that both knees are replaced at the same time. It’s relatively uncommon to have the arthritis in both knees reach the same degree at the same time where a bilateral would be a consideration. But […]


Computer-Assisted Robotic Knee Replacement Surgery

In computer-assisted robotic surgery, a robot acts as an extension of the surgeon’s eyes and hands in a minimally invasive surgery to replace an arthritic knee. The robotics help surgeons operate more effectively through a smaller incision. Total knee […]

Conservative or Non-Invasive Treatment for Knee Pain

Knee replacement surgery – like all surgeries – is generally only recommended after all conservative (non-invasive) treatment options fail to provide relief from symptoms. There are a number of non-surgical treatment options for knee pain caused by osteoarthritis and other […]


Knee Replacement Approaches

What exactly happens during a total knee replacement surgery? How does the surgeon remove the existing knee joint components and replace them with a prosthetic implant? The surgery begins with an incision into the tissue to allow access […]

Other Surgical Interventions for Knee Conditions

In most cases of joint degeneration, surgical intervention will be the appropriate means to long-term relief and mobility. There are several different surgeries which you and your surgeon may consider, depending on the specifics of your condition. Total knee […]