It’s estimated that one in five Americans will develop knee arthritis during their lifetime. This is significant because arthritis is the biggest reason patients need a knee replacement. Emile Wakim, MD and Robert Ahearn, MD at Pacifica Orthopedics offer knee replacement using minimally invasive surgery, which reduces your pain and recovery time. If you have knee pain and limited movement, call the office in Huntington Beach, California, or book an appointment online.
You may need a knee replacement when you have:
Before having your knee replacement, you’ll first receive other nonsurgical treatments recommended by the doctors at Pacifica Orthopedics for your underlying problem.
When conservative measures fail to relieve your pain and improve mobility, the doctors at Pacifica Orthopedics may recommend a knee replacement.
Your knee problem may have started due to an injury, but arthritis is the most common reason patients need knee replacement surgery.
Osteoarthritis, which develops from wear-and-tear that causes cartilage degeneration, accounts for about 83% of all knee replacements.
You may undergo one of two basic types of knee replacement, partial and total. Most patients need to have the entire joint replaced.
Partial knee replacement is possible when cartilage degeneration is limited to just one part of the knee, a condition called unicompartmental knee arthritis. In this case, Drs. Wakim and Ahearn remove only the damaged part while preserving the healthy cartilage.
When Dr. Wakim replaces your knee joint, he uses a minimally invasive procedure, which causes less trauma by requiring a smaller incision than the type needed for open surgery.
Additionally, the techniques used to expose the knee joint cause less muscle damage. Depending on your procedure, muscles either aren’t cut or they undergo very small incisions.
Muscle-sparing techniques combined with shorter incisions mean you’ll likely have less postoperative pain and a quicker recovery.
Your doctor at Pacifica Orthopedics removes the damaged tissue from the underside of your kneecap and the ends of the femur (thighbone) and tibia (shinbone). Then the doctor shapes them and attaches a prosthetic implant to each bone.
Knee replacements are made from a combination of metal, ceramic material, or strong plastic parts. There are also several types of implant designs. Your doctor chooses the one that’s best for your knee anatomy, age, activity level, weight, and overall health.
To learn more about knee replacement, call Pacifica Orthopedics or book an appointment online.