Joint deterioration and knee pain can affect every aspect of your life. At Westlake Hospital, our orthopedic specialists are dedicated to relieving your knee pain. Whether your knee problem is caused by an injury or a degenerative bone disease like osteoarthritis, we help you with medication, physical therapy, rehabilitation and in some cases, knee replacement.
Understanding Knee Replacement
Knee replacement surgery is really a cartilage replacement. The knee itself is not replaced, only the cartilage on the ends of the bones. Knee replacement implants include a metal alloy on the bottom of the thighbone and polyethylene (plastic) on the top of the tibia and underneath the kneecap. The implant is designed to create a new, smoothly functioning joint that prevents painful bone-on-bone contact. Your surgeon may elect to replace all or part of your knee, depending on your condition.
The most common reasons for knee replacement surgery are:
• Osteoarthritis, a loss of joint cartilage that limits movement, causes pain and inhibits daily activity
• Other forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis
• Damage to the knee such as fractures, torn cartilage, and/or torn ligaments
• Degenerative joint disease
Make an Appointment
Get on the road to healing and call (866) 938-7256 for more information or to schedule an appointment with an orthopedic specialist at Westlake Hospital.