Total Knee Replacement

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Total knee replacement involves surgically removing damaged cartilage and bone from the surface of the diseased knee joint. These surfaces are then covered with artifical material that can be made of metal, plastic or ceramic. There are several different types of implants available. Your surgeon will make a recommendation based on your age and lifestyle to ensure the best possible outcome.

Candidates for total knee replacement are generally patients whose joints are severely damaged due to progressive arthritis, trauma or some other destructive joint disease. In addition to a pattern of increasing pain and stiffness, patients considering total knee replacement are also hindered by decreasing daily function. The key benefits of a total knee replacement are: elimination of pain, improved motion and minimum wear and tear. It offers significant improved quality of life as well as one of the highest success rates.

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