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What is a knee replacement?

Knee replacement is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of your damaged knee joint to restore joint function and relieve chronic pain.

You might be a candidate for knee replacement surgery if you have severe joint damage from:

  • Injuries
  • Deformities
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Structural joint defects

Surgery is typically a last-resort treatment for chronic knee pain when conservative therapies aren’t working.

What is involved in knee replacement?

The Southern Oregon Orthopedics orthopedic surgeons offer several types of knee surgeries, including:

Total knee replacement

Total knee replacement is a surgery to resurface the bones of your joints by removing damaged cartilage and portions of bone. Your surgeon replaces them with metal implants that stabilize your knee and a spacer that ensures a smooth gliding surface for your joint.

Unicondylar (uni) knee replacement

Uni knee replacement is a surgery that focuses on replacing only part of your knee joint through an incision smaller than those necessary in a total knee replacement.

Revision knee replacement

Revision knee replacement focuses on removing part or all of an artificial knee joint from a previous surgery and replacing it with new materials. You might be a candidate for revision surgery if you develop swelling and pain in the years after your initial knee replacement.

MAKOplasty® partial knee replacement

MAKOplasty is an innovative procedure to replace the damaged parts of your knee joint. Your surgeon controls the RIO™ Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System to remove damaged bone and cartilage and replace them with artificial components that work like your natural joint.

How long does it take to recover from knee replacement surgery?

Because everyone recovers differently from knee replacement surgery, before your procedure your provider at Southern Oregon Orthopedics discusses what to expect. You’ll need some time off from work and physical activities to allow your knee time to heal.

You can also expect to start simple exercises soon after surgery to strengthen the muscles that support your new knee joint. Southern Oregon Orthopedics also offers comprehensive, on-site rehabilitation services to help restore your knee joint function, so you can return to your routine without risk for additional injury or pain.

To schedule a consultation for knee pain, call the Southern Oregon Orthopedics office nearest you or request an appointment online today.

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