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Understanding Total Knee Replacement:
Total knee replacement, also known as knee arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure to replace damaged or diseased knee joints with artificial implants. This procedure is typically recommended for individuals with severe knee arthritis or significant joint damage due to injury or degenerative conditions. Total knee replacement aims to relieve pain, improve mobility, and restore function to the knee joint.

Types of Total Knee Replacement

  • Traditional Total Knee Replacement: In this procedure, the surgeon removes damaged bone and cartilage from the knee joint and replaces them with prosthetic components made of metal and plastic.
  • Partial Knee Replacement: For patients with limited knee arthritis or damage confined to one compartment of the knee, a partial knee replacement may be performed to replace only the damaged portion of the knee joint.

Knee Implants: Components and MaterialsThere are three main components in a knee implant:

  • Femoral Component: Directly attached to the femur, the femoral component has a groove that allows the patellar component to slide during knee joint movement.
  • Tibial Component: This flat two-piece part of the implant is attached to the tibia and may include a plastic cushion between the tibial and femoral components.
  • Patellar Component: A plastic dome-shaped component that is resurfaced to match the shape of the patella.

The plastic components of the implant are typically made of polyethylene, while the metal component may be made of cobalt-chromium, titanium, zirconium, or nickel. Knee implants can be categorized into four categories based on their materials:

  • Metal on plastic
  • Ceramic on plastic
  • Ceramic on ceramic
  • Metal on metal

Your orthopedic surgeon will discuss your treatment and prosthetic options with you, helping you decide the best prosthesis for your individual needs.

Treatment Process

  • Pre-operative Evaluation: Before surgery, patients undergo a thorough evaluation, including medical history review, physical examination, and imaging tests such as X-rays or MRI scans to assess the extent of knee damage.
  • Surgical Procedure: Total knee replacement surgery is performed under general or regional anesthesia. The surgeon makes an incision over the knee joint, removes damaged bone and cartilage, and implants the prosthetic components to recreate the natural knee joint anatomy.
  • Post-operative Care: After surgery, patients are closely monitored in the hospital or surgical facility. Physical therapy and rehabilitation programs are initiated to help patients regain strength, flexibility, and mobility in the knee joint.
  • Follow-up and Recovery: Regular follow-up appointments are scheduled to monitor healing progress and ensure optimal outcomes. Most patients experience significant pain relief and improved knee function within weeks to months after surgery.

Why Choose Neo TrueNorth for Your Total Knee Replacement?

  • Experienced Surgical Team: Our orthopedic surgeons specialize in total knee replacement procedures, utilizing advanced techniques and technologies to optimize surgical outcomes and patient satisfaction.
  • Comprehensive Care: From pre-operative evaluation to post-operative rehabilitation, Neo TrueNorth provides comprehensive care and support at every stage of the treatment process.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: Our modern facilities are equipped with the latest diagnostic and surgical technologies, ensuring safe and effective total knee replacement surgeries.
  • Patient-Centered Approach: At Neo TrueNorth, we prioritize patient comfort, safety, and satisfaction, striving to deliver personalized care tailored to individual needs and preferences.

Don’t let knee pain limit your mobility and quality of life. Contact Neo TrueNorth today to explore total knee replacement options and take the first step toward a pain-free and active lifestyle.