If your doctor has told you that you should get a knee replacement, you may be wondering what your options are. There are different kinds of knee replacements, and you may not need to have a total knee replacement. There are several different kinds of knee replacement surgeries out there:
Total Knee Replacement
Total knee replacements are generally pretty successful and routine surgeries. Your doctor may even have you up and walking within a couple of days so that your knee can start to heal. When the doctor does this surgery, they are going to cut off the damaged bone on both the upper and lower leg bones. They may also resurface the inside of your kneecap so that it can continue to be used on your new knee. Then the orthopaedic doctor will fit the metal pieces to the bone. Those pieces will either be cemented to the bone or have implants that go into the bone so that your healthy bone can grow up around them and hold your implant more organically.
Partial Knee Replacements
Partial knee replacements aren't nearly as common as a total knee replacement is. Instead of removing bone from both the upper and lower bones of the leg, only the damaged bone from one of those areas is removed, as long as that is the only affected area. For example, if you have osteoarthritis and it only affects the top of your knee attached to the femur, your doctor would remove that damaged area. Then the doctor will replace that part of your knee with a prosthetic. The rest of your knee will be your own, natural knee. There are several benefits to going with this version, including the fact that there is generally a shorter healing time, but it's not a surgery that most people qualify for.
Another option open to your doctor is to do a kneecap replacement. This option is only good if arthritis or other damage is all confined to your kneecap instead of your whole knee. Your doctor will remove your knee cap and the groove that it rides in and replace it with a prosthetic. This kind of surgery doesn't happen often since it tends to be less successful than other methods.
If you need to have a knee replacement, then you should talk to your doctor about all the different options out there to see which one will work best for you.
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