Total Knee Replacement
Does Your Knee Pain Prevent you from Performing and Enjoying Everyday Activities?
Osteoarthritis affects nearly 350 million people worldwide.1 It is a common condition in which cartilage breakdown around the joints causes your bones to rub together, and it is especially common in the knee joint, which carries most of the body’s weight. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and changes in appearance and function of the joint – which can contribute to loss of motion.
If other treatments, such as medication, therapy or injections, have proven ineffective, a total knee replacement may be the best way to get your life back.
What is Total Knee Replacement?
Your knee joint is cushioned by cartilage that covers the ends of the thigh bone (femur), top of the shin bone (tibia) and the knee cap (patella), helping them to move smoothly against each other. But when this cartilage wears down and your bones begin to rub together, it can cause severe knee pain that reduces the function of your knee.
The goal of total knee replacement surgery is to replace this damaged bone and cartilage with smooth metal and high-grade plastic that recreate the surface of your knee joint. These new surfaces are designed to replicate the function and feeling of a healthy knee while also preventing the pain caused by damaged bones rubbing together. Total knee replacement is one of the most successful treatments to restore knee function and stop pain.
- Arthritis and Total Knee Arthroplasty: Knee Implant Procedures http://seniors-health-medicare.suite101.com/article.cfm/arthritis_and_total_knee_arthroplasty#ixzz0gHPzocel Mark McBride, MD ; Prakash Thulasimani. Nov 3, 2009. Accessed: Feb. 22, 2010.