Knee pain can be caused by a variety of reasons: arthritis, a sprain, a strain. However, when a knee is so severely damaged by disease or injury such as osteoarthritis, surgery will probably be needed. Depending on the severity of the damage to the knee, there are a few different options that AtlantiCare’s knee specialists have. Arthroscopic knee surgery may be done first to see inside the knee and determine the cause of the pain. Then they decide if you need total knee replacement surgery or partial knee replacement surgery.
To perform total knee replacement surgery, we use a minimally invasive procedure. This means a smaller incision, and less discomfort since we don’t cut the quadriceps muscle or dislocate the kneecap to implant the replacement knee. Plus, the recovery time is much faster than the conventional option.
If the knee pain you’re experiencing is only on one side of the knee, you may need a partial knee replacement. This is also done via a minimally invasive surgery. You have less blood loss and a greater amount of healthy bone and soft tissue are preserved. Recovery and rehabilitation time is greatly reduced, and in many cases, patients can walk using a cane within a few days.
Knee replacements are very common. In fact, nearly 600,000 knee replacement surgeries are performed annually in the U.S. If you’re experiencing knee pain, relief could be just a phone call away.