Knee Arthroplasty Surgery
Total knee replacement
Pain affects your knee in different ways. Often, pain is a minor part of normal life that occurs after a long day or physical activity. Other times, pain in the knee is the sign of a more serious condition. When the pain in your knee is long-lasting or severe, you may need to visit a medical professional for treatment.
Treatments for knee pain vary depending on the cause and severity of the pain. In some cases, knee pain is treatable with medication, physical therapy or minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures. In other cases, a total knee replacement surgery can be the best treatment option.
When do you need total knee replacement surgery?Your doctor may recommend total knee replacement surgery if the bones, tissues or cartilage in your knee is too damaged for minimally invasive treatments. Common causes of this kind of damage include:
- Traumatic impact — A blunt impact to the knee can cause fractures and other forms of damage. Fractures do not always require total knee replacement for treatment, but they can be too severe for other treatments and can cause other problems if not treated.
- Osteoarthritis — This is a form of arthritis that causes the cartilage in your joints—including the knees—to wear down. This creates friction between the bones in your joints, which is painful and damaging to the bones.
- Rheumatoid arthritis — This is a form of arthritis that wears down cartilage with inflammation. This inflammation is painful and can limit the mobility of your knee. It can eventually wear down the cartilage and create more problems.
What are the risks of total knee replacement surgery?Our surgeons at Florida Spine and Joint are highly trained and experienced in a variety of orthopedic procedures, including total knee replacement. We are careful to minimize risks to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients. Complications during total knee replacement surgery are rare, but they can include:
- Blood loss
- Blood clots
- Nerve damage
- Loss of range of motion
- Ineffective artificial joint