Knee Treatments

Knee Replacement Surgery Options

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Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and traumatic arthritis of the knee do not have a cure, but there are various treatments that will help in reducing pain and maintaining joint movement. These treatments are also sometimes suitable for patients with sports injuries that affect the knee.

Knee replacement surgery, also called knee arthroplasty, is a successful and common procedure for the treatment of osteoarthritis. Before knee surgery is recommended, there must be evidence of significant knee disease, as determined by clinical examinations and imaging tests that include CT scans X-rays or MRIs. While non-surgical treatments such as physical therapy are preferred knee replacement surgery could be your best option if you experience:

  • Daily knee pain
  • Restriction in your ability to work
  • Restriction in your ability to enjoy ordinary activities and recreation
  • Progressively worsening symptoms

If it is determined that you need a total knee replacement or knee arthroplasty, orthopedic surgeon William Montgomery, MD may recommend the use of the Conformis Customized Knee Implant(s). With this cutting edge, unique technology, you will receive a customized replacement knee that is created specifically for you, based on your own personal CT scan.

Only experienced surgeons like Dr. Montgomery are qualified to determine whether you are a good candidate for knee arthroplasty, and which type of knee replacement surgery you will need. The two options most commonly used are partial knee replacement (partial knee resurfacing) or a total knee replacement.

Partial Knee Replacement

Partial knee arthroplasty, also called knee resurfacing, treats just those parts of the knee joint that are affected by osteoarthritis. A partial knee replacement may involve a unicompartmental (one compartment) or a bicompartmental (two compartments) approach. If you only need a partial knee arthroplasty, you will usually have a shorter procedure and a shorter recovery time. Patients who have knee resurfacing typically are back to work in two or three weeks.

Total Knee Replacement

If your condition is too severe for partial knee replacement, you may need a total knee replacement. This procedure involves surgical replacement of all three compartments of the knee joint. This will replace the damaged surfaces that cause pain.
If you have a total knee replacement, you may look to be back at work within about two to four weeks.
Orthopedic problems are not uncommon, but each person’s experience is unique. The team at Montgomery Orthopedics Sports Medicine & Spine Center, P.A. tailors the treatment to your needs, so you will get the precise therapy you need to overcome orthopedic problems. Contact us today to make an appointment.