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Knee Replacement

Wisconsin River Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy located in Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Around 754,000 Americans have knee replacement surgery every year, making it one of the most common surgeries in the United States. At Wisconsin River Orthopaedics, the orthopaedic surgeons offer partial and total knee replacement to address individual patient needs. If you need a knee replacement, call the office in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, today or schedule a consultation online to learn about your options.

Knee Replacement Q & A

What is knee replacement?

Your knee consists of your femur (thigh bone), tibia (shin bone), patella (kneecap), meniscus, cartilage, and a network of cruciate ligaments and tendons. 

Partial or total knee replacement is a common surgery to remove any damaged bone and connective tissue from your knee and replace it with plastic and metal prosthetic parts. 

Partial knee replacement 

Your knee has different areas, often referred to as compartments. If your knee damage is limited to one compartment or side of your knee, your orthopaedic surgeon can perform a partial knee replacement, only treating that area. 

Total knee replacement 

Your surgeon removes the damaged cartilage and bone surfaces from the bones that meet in your knee during a total knee replacement. 

They carefully smooth the edges of the bones before attaching metal implants. They insert a spacer to replace your meniscus and a medical-grade plastic button on the underside of your patella. 

Why would I need knee replacement?

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common reasons that you might need knee replacement. As the cartilage that cushions your knee wears away, your bones rub together. This causes friction and irritation that eventually damages your bones. 

You may also need knee replacement if you have rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition that attacks the synovium that lines your joints. Eventually, rheumatoid arthritis can damage and degenerate your cartilage and cause bone damage. 

Many patients also need knee replacements if they have a history of traumatic knee injuries, such as severe ACL tears or fractures. Severe knee injuries increase your risk of cartilage damage and other degenerative knee issues.

What should I expect after knee replacement?

Wisconsin River Orthopaedics provides personalized knee replacement aftercare programs. 

It’s normal to experience some discomfort, swelling, and stiffness following a knee replacement. Your physician prescribes medication to prevent infection and ease your symptoms.

You also wear a supportive brace, use crutches, and participate in physical therapy while your knee heals. As you get stronger, your physical therapy increases to restore your strength, flexibility, and range of motion.

To determine if knee replacement is right for you, call Wisconsin River Orthopaedics or make an appointment online today if you have persistent knee pain that hasn’t been relieved by other treatments.