Knee Procedures at L+M
Knee surgery is designed to help relieve pain and allow patients to be more active. Your physician may recommend replacement surgery if you have chronic knee pain caused by arthritis or injury.
Complete Knee Replacement
In this procedure, damaged cartilage and bone is removed from the surface of your knee joints at both the femur and tibia bones. New metal surfaces are built onto the bones and a piece of specialized plastic fits in between, allowing the knee to bend smoothly.
Partial Knee Replacement
If you have arthritis in only one part of the knee, then that is the only part that the surgeon will replace. Recovery is faster and it will feel more like a normal knee.
A revision may be necessary if the plastic between the metal portions of the replacement wears out; the replacement is damaged or becomes loose, or needs adjustment. Pre-surgical exams usually give surgeons an excellent idea of what is wrong with the knee so they know what they will need to replace.