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.
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.