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Spring 2009

Botsford HealthSource Magazine


Questions? Botsford Doctors Have the Answers - Knee Replacement

Question: I have osteoarthritis in the knee and treatment has failed to provide relief. Is there surgery available to get rid of my pain?

Answer: Knee replacement surgery may be a viable option. Knee replacement surgery isn’t new, but innovations now allow you to get joint implants custom fit before surgery. This represents a big step
forward for a patient whose knee joint has been damaged by osteoarthritis.

Knee replacement surgery involves removing the diseased bone and cartilage and resurfacing it with
orthopedic implants. The implants are typically made from various metals and plastic.

Many options are available for knee replacement patients. I have been using a new system that provides a custom-fit implant procedure that is personalized for each patient.

Three-dimensional MRIs (magnetic resonance images) of a patient’s joint are used to plan the surgery. The surgeon selects from a range of 90 different size combinations for greater precision in the knee implant’s position and alignment.

The actual knee replacement surgery is less invasive:

Check with your doctor to see if this surgery is right for your condition.

Orthopedics - Knee Replacement