Knee Replacement Surgery
Chronic knee pain caused by arthritis or injury can make it hard to perform daily activities, such as walking or climbing. If painful damage to the knee joint has limited your mobility and affected overall quality of life, your doctor may recommend knee replacement surgery from the orthopedic experts at UnityPoint Clinic - Orthopedics in Fort Dodge.
About Knee Replacement Surgery
Knee replacement surgery, also known as knee arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure in which a knee surgeon removes damaged cartilage and bone from the surface of the knee joint (thighbone, shinbone and kneecap) and replaces them with an artificial joint.
Total Knee Replacement
In a total knee replacement, all three compartments - medial (the inside of the knee), lateral (the outside) and patellofemoral (the joint between kneecap and thighbone) - of the damaged knee joint is replaced with an implant.
Partial Knee Replacement
Some patients have wear confined to primarily to one compartment of the knee (usually the inside part of the joint called the medial compartment). In a partial knee replacement, only the damaged part of the knee joint is replaced and undamaged parts are left alone.
Chronic Knee Pain
Knee pain can be caused by a condition that has developed over time or from overuse like osteoarthritis, arthritis, and runner's knee, or from sports injury, such as a meniscus tear or dislocated kneecap. Candidates for knee replacement surgery typically report chronic knee pain that:
- Limits everyday activities, including walking, climbing stairs, sitting down and resting
- Continues during daytime or nighttime rest
- Causes knee inflammation and swelling that doesn't improve with medication
- Knee deformity (knee bows in or out)
- Isn't adequately relieved with anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy or walking aids
Other Knee Surgeries
In addition to partial and total hip replacement surgery, the knee surgeons at UnityPoint Clinic - Orthopedics in Fort Dodge also specialize in range of other knee surgeries, including:
- Knee Meniscectomy & Chondroplasty
- Knee Ligament Reconstruction & Repair of Menisci
If you suffer from chronic knee pain, call UnityPoint Clinic - Orthopedics in Fort Dodge today to discuss a customized solution that fits your unique medical needs and goals.