Surgical Knee Pain Treatment Options in Redding
If non-surgical options fail, or your knee pain worsens your doctor may
recommend surgery. The following are common surgical options for osteoarthritic
Arthroscopy. A camera based procedure performed through small incisions that can be
used to confirm a cartilage wear, remove loose cartilage, or smooth out
areas of worn cartilage. Arthroscopy becomes less effective as osteoarthrosis advances.
Osteotomy. A procedure that is not very common today. This procedure aims to re-align
the bones around the knee to take pressure off the knee joint.
Knee Replacement. This is the most common surgical treatment for osteoarthritic knee pain.
Knee replacement can mean either a partial knee replacement or total knee
replacement. In this procedure, the damaged part of the knee or the entire
knee is removed and replaced with metal and plastic components commonly
referred to as implants.
Partial Knee Replacement
Partial knee replacement is for early to mid-stage osteoarthritis, generally
limited to one compartment of the knee. The procedure removes and replaces
the damaged portion of the knee with metal and plastic components called
implants. Because a partial knee replacement is done through a smaller
incision and preserves much of your natural knee, patients usually spend
less time in the hospital and return to normal activities sooner than
total knee replacement patients. Partial knee replacement patients often
feel as if they have a more normal feeling in comparison to total knee
Total Knee Replacement
Total knee replacement may be necessary if knee osteoarthritis progresses
to an advanced stage, affecting most of the knee joint. The procedure
removes and replaces the entire knee joint with metal and plastic components
called implants. Most patients who undergo a total knee replacement experience
dramatic knee pain relief. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research
and Quality, more than 600,000 knee replacements are performed each year
in the United States, making it one of the most common procedures performed
in the United States.
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