Knee Replacement Surgery2019-04-18T19:11:38+00:00

3 Types of Knee Replacements

Knee replacements are needed due to damage of the knee joint from arthritis – degenerative or osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, or post-traumatic arthritis due to injuries. 

A total knee replacement surgery is performed to improve motion in the knee and decreases knee pain. 

Before surgery is considered, we most often recommend non-surgical options like losing weight to take the stress of the joint, physical therapy, medications, steroid injections, or lubricating injections.   

When pain or stiffness or inflammation of the knee limits patients daily activities such as walking and using stairs despite the above measures, surgery is usually the next step.  Surgery is also recommended when the leg begins to bow at the knee from a deformity.  The goals of knee replacement are to relieve pain, improve knee function and improve quality of life. 

Traditional Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Traditional total knee replacement, also known as “total knee arthroplasty” or “TKA” – this is the classic approach that uses a traditional 8-10 inch incision in the middle of the knee that has decades of good outcomes. All of our doctors perform this procedure.

Partial Knee Replacement Surgery

Partial Knee Replacement, also known as Unicompartmental Knee Replacement – This type of replacement is used when only one of the 3 compartments of a knee are worn out. It requires a smaller incision and may offer a quicker recovery. At the Rhyneer Caylor Clinic, we use the Oxford Uni Knee. A partial knee replacement cannot be used in certain situations.

Knee Replacement Revisions

Knee Replacement Revisions – are done for a previous knee replacement that has loosened or worn out, become infected, become unstable, or when there is a fracture of the bone around it. This is a longer, more complex surgery. All of our surgeons are experienced with revisions.

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