Non-surgical options are always considered first. These include anti-inflammatory medications, lifestyle changes and injections. As osteoarthritis gets worse, the non-surgical treatments often become ineffective. This is when knee replacement surgery, also called knee arthroplasty, is necessary.
If you are diagnosed as needing a knee replacement, you might be a logical candidate for the partial-knee, custom implants by Conformis. These are customized implants, using your CT scans, so that they will properly match your anatomy. The result: A more natural-fitting knee.
Knee Replacement Surgery
If osteoarthritis has become too severe to be helped by non-surgical options, you may be a good candidate for knee replacement surgery. Dr. Lahav and Dr. Schachter consider many factors before recommending this procedure, including:
• Imaging results and X-rays
• Impact of pain on your ability to continue working
• Frequency and level of your pain
• Impact of the pain on your ability to continue ordinary recreation and activities
The two knee replacement surgeries used most commonly are partial knee replacement, also called partial knee resurfacing, and total knee replacement, also called total knee arthroplasty.
Partial Knee Replacement
Knee resurfacing or partial knee surgery treats only the parts of your knee that are affected by osteoarthritis. You may require either a unicompartmental (one compartment) or a bicompartmental (two compartments) knee arthroplasty procedure.
A partial knee replacement offers unique benefits when compared to total knee replacement. These include a possibly shorter surgery time and recovery time.
Total Knee Replacement
If your osteoarthritis is so severe that a partial knee replacement will not help, you may need a total knee replacement. The total knee replacement procedure replaces all your knee joint compartments surgically. These include the inside (medial), outside (lateral) and front (patellofemoral) parts of the knee. Patients can typically walk the day of surgery and return to work within three to four weeks.
Dr. Lahav and Dr. Schachter offer the most advanced care possible in a way that is compassionate and caring. Patients with all kinds of orthopedic problems, including osteoarthritis of the knee, visit our clinic, due to our state-of-the-art facility and expertise in treatment. Contact us to make an appointment today.