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Experiencing life without knee pain

Severe pain or injury to the knee may make simple activities such as walking, climbing stairs, or getting in and out of chairs very difficult. You may even begin to feel discomfort while you are sitting or lying down, or you may experience stiffness, chronic inflammation, or bowing of the knee over time. Knee surgery may be the answer.

Partial knee replacement or total knee replacement procedures can significantly lessen knee pain in many patients. The damaged portion of the knee will be resurfaced or replaced with an artificial joint. Typically the replaced is a combination of titanium and highly cross-linked polyethylene implants. These implants mimic normal human anatomy and knee function and restore mobility.

Knee replacement surgery is a very successful procedure. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 600,000 knee replacements are performed annually in the U.S.

There are no age or weight restrictions for knee replacement surgery, though most patients are age 50 to 80 years. Recommendation for knee replacement will be based on a patient’s level of pain and disability. To further evaluate a patient's need for knee replacement surgery, the orthopedic surgeons at Crystal Clinic may determine further testing is required which may include X-rays to determine the extent of damage or deformity in the knee; or other testing, such as a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to determine the condition of the bone and soft tissues of the knee.

It is important for patients to have realistic expectations when considering knee replacement surgery. Realistic activities after a patient undergoes total knee replacement will include: unlimited walking, golfing, driving, swimming, light hiking, and other low-impact sports. With appropriate activity modifications, a knee replacement can last for many years.

Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center surgeons perform knee replacement surgery, often using minimally invasive techniques.

Call (888) 284-4543  to schedule an appointment with a Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center orthopaedic specialist.

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