Are you suffering from osteoarthritis? Do you find it difficult to perform daily activities due to a stiff, painful knee? Have you found other treatments such as physical therapy and medication no longer provide relief? If your answer to any or all of those questions is yes, you may benefit from orthopedic surgery on your knee.
Patients over 50 who suffer from osteoarthritis may benefit from either partial knee resurfacing or total knee replacement to alleviate painful symptoms and joint stiffness. Candidacy for either procedure depends on the severity of the osteoarthritis in your knee joint.
MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing
This new treatment option is designed for patients living with painful, early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee in which only one or two components of the knee are affected by osteoarthritis. MAKOplasty is a less-invasive surgery than total knee replacement, and results in a more rapid recovery time.
During the procedure, the orthopedic surgeon is guided by robotic arm technology and 3-D visualization of the knee to resurface the affected portions of the knee, saving as much of healthy bone and surrounding tissue as possible.
Patient-specific pre-operative planning, including a 3-D model of the patient’s CT scan and a virtual view of the entire joint from all angles provides increased surgical accuracy. The accuracy of MAKOplasty results in a more natural feeling knee and improved motion for patients with early stage osteoarthritis. Other potential benefits for patients undergoing MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing include:
- Less blood loss
- Reduced hospital stay
- Reduced need for pain medications
- More rapid recovery, easier physical therapy
- Less scarring
Total knee replacement surgery
This treatment is reserved for patients with severe osteoarthritis. During the procedure, the damaged knee joint is removed and replaced with an artificial knee joint. The artificial joint is attached to the thighbone, shin and kneecap and relies on the surrounding muscles and ligaments for support.
With recent advances in medical technology, there are minimally invasive surgical options for a total knee replacement. The less-invasive approach results in less damage to surrounding tissue. It may also result in less pain, a quicker recovery time, more mobility following surgery and less scar tissue.
Improvements in surgical technique and materials used to create artificial joints lead to a higher success rate for patients undergoing a total knee replacement. When joint replacement procedures were first introduced in the 1970s, the artificial joints were expected to last no more than 10 years. Today, about 85 percent of joint implants will last at least 20 years.
If you are suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee, contact Pine Creek Medical Center to learn about your treatment options.