At over half a million procedures performed each year, knee replacement is the most common joint replacement surgery in the United States. At Timothy C. Wilson, MD, in Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Wilson is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in full and partial knee replacement surgeries. To find out if you’re a good candidate for knee replacement surgery, and to explore options, schedule an appointment online or call the office.
For most men and women, knee replacement surgery is the last viable option to relieve pain and help regain mobility after a degenerative joint condition like osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a wear-and-tear, age-related condition that many adults experience after years of overuse, running, or past sports injuries. Osteoarthritis causes knee pain and stiffness because the cartilage that once provided shock absorption in your knee joint has worn away.
Additionally, you may need a knee replacement if you have rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory condition that causes the synovial membrane around your knee joint to become inflamed and thick. This chronic condition often leads to cartilage loss, so you feel the pain and stiffness of bone on bone within your knee.
If you’re in pain climbing stairs or simply walking, and you’ve lost mobility in your knee, replacing the knee joint can alleviate the pain and help improve function. Ultimately, knee replacement can help improve the quality of your life.
Total knee replacement surgery is when Dr. Wilson replaces the damaged parts of your knee with metal implants. He removes damaged cartilage and a small amount of bone, then recreates the entire joint surface with metal parts.
Dr. Wilson also offers the option of unicompartmental knee replacement surgery for men and women who have only partial damage within their knee. During unicompartmental knee replacement, also called partial knee replacement surgery, Dr. Wilson removes only the damaged portions of your knee with metal and plastic components.
Unicompartmental knee replacement surgery may be an ideal solution if you have only partial wear in your knee joint. It requires less invasive surgery and smaller incisions than total knee replacement surgery. As a result, you may spend less time in the hospital after the procedure and experience a faster, more comfortable recovery.
Other advantages include:
Some people report that unicompartmental knee replacements feel more natural since they still retain most of their own bone and cartilage.
If you have advanced stages of osteoarthritis, you may not be a candidate for partial knee replacement surgery. Dr. Wilson determines which procedure offers the most pain relief for your individual condition, so you can get back to an active lifestyle.
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