Orthopedic Surgery located in Red Bank, Morganville, Holmdel & Eatontown, NJ
Your knees are the largest joints in your body, which makes sense given the enormous burden they carry, quite literally. When your knees are no longer up to the task, your life can be limited in serious ways, which is where a knee replacement comes in. At Orthocenter, the team of board-certified surgeons offers partial and total knee replacements, often on an outpatient basis, allowing their patients in Red Bank, Morganville, Eatontown and Holmdel, New Jersey, to get back on their feet again. Call or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
Knee Replacement Q & A
What is the Anatomy of the Knee?
Your knee is the largest joint in your body, and rightfully so given all that it’s responsible for in terms of support, mobility, and range of motion. To accomplish this, your knee is comprised of the following:
- Femur, or thigh bone
- Patella, or kneecap
- Tibia, or shin bone
- Menisci for shock absorption
- Articular cartilage
These components all work together smoothly to allow you movement and support, but when something goes wrong in one area, it can have a cascading effect over the entire joint.
Why Would I Need a Knee Replacement?
While safeguarding your own knees is always best, there can come a time when even your best efforts are unable to preserve the joint. In fact, over 600,000 knee replacements are performed each year in the United States, and this number is expected to grow to a whopping 3 million by 2030 thanks to an aging and increasingly heavier population.
The most common reason for a knee replacement procedure involves degenerative issues, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis. These diseases break down the cartilage and synovium in your knees, causing inflammation and pain.
How is a Knee Replacement Done?
During your knee replacement, your Orthocenter surgeon first prepares your bones by removing damaged cartilage, as well as the damaged areas of bone on your femur and tibia.
Once the area is ready, your surgeon places a metal implant on each end, with both femoral and tibial components. Depending upon the extent of the damage, your surgeon may clean up and resurface the underside of your kneecap.
Once everything is set, your surgeon places a spacer between the metal components to facilitate movement.
In most cases, the surgeons use minimally invasive surgical techniques for your knee replacement, which means you’re free to go home on the same day. This doesn’t mean, however, that you can immediately resume your normal activities. You need to participate in physical therapy to strengthen your knee so you have the best long-term results.
To explore your knee replacement options, call Orthocenter or fill out the online form to request an appointment.
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