Orthopedic Knee Surgery
We offer both non-operative and operative treatment options for the knee.
Non-Operative Knee Treatment Options
There is a wide array of medications that are available to aid in pain management as a non-surgical treatment. There are several medications prescribed to help in recovery post-operative. Medications will be discussed during office visits to find the best fit for your needs.
There are several different kinds of injections that help reduce pain in the knee. Their functions range from anti-inflammatory to providing a smoother surface for the joint to move along. We offer hyaluronic acid, cortisone, and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections to name a few. Injection options can be discussed during office visits to decide the right one for your knee.
Physical therapy offers different exercises that increase your range of motion and strengthen the muscles around your knee. This will help stabilize your knee and help improve your mobility which can reduce your pain. If you have a total knee replacement, physical therapy will be incorporated into your treatment plan after surgery. Physical therapy is essential for a good outcome after total knee replacement.
Operative Knee Treatment
Total Knee Replacement
When knee pain continues to persist even with non-operative treatments, it may become necessary to undergo a total knee replacement surgery. This operation is beneficial when the knee joint has worn down to the point where either the joint is no longer sliding smoothly. The purpose of the total knee replacement is to recreate the smooth surface for the joint to glide.
During the surgery, the damaged parts of the knee are removed. The surgeon will then find the best implants for your knee and secure them in place of the old damaged bone. The surgery typically takes about an hour and a half. This operation can be done as an outpatient surgery where you are able to sleep comfortably in your own bed the same night you have your knee replaced.
Revision of a Total Knee Replacement
Although today’s implants are designed to last many years, it’s possible that at some point in the future—typically 10 to 20 years or more—your prosthesis can wear out. This is very unlikely but can happen. If you are overweight or you engage in high impact activities such as running or court sports, the device may fail sooner. When a knee replacement no longer functions correctly, revision surgery is often required. During this procedure, a surgeon replaces the old device with a new one. Total knee replacement revisions require additional preoperative planning, specialized tools, and greater surgical skill. Inserting the new device typically requires 2-3 hours in surgery, compared to 1½ hours for a primary knee replacement.
Contact Dr. Robert Jamieson, Total Joint Specialist, to learn more about Total Knee Replacement.