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Joint Replacement: Replacements – Knee
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Replacements – Knee

Knee Replacement

Knee replacement surgery involves the removal of the heads of both the thigh bone (femur) and the leg bone (tibia). Both ends of the bones are reshaped to accept the metal fittings. The new fittings are put in place and a small plastic liner is inserted between the metal pieces to keep the joint moving smoothly. A knee cap liner is put in place to prevent any friction on the new joint.

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Knee Replacement Revision

Knee replacement revisions are for patients who need to have a previous knee implant redone, or have had a partial replacement or resurfacing procedure that has become painful.

In this procedure, old implants are removed and both ends of the bones are reshaped to accept the new metal surfaces. A small plastic liner is inserted between the metal pieces to keep the joint moving smoothly. A knee cap liner is put in place to prevent any friction on the new joint.

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Short Stay Knee

For some patients, short stay approaches are possible. This doesn’t simply mean that there is a smaller scar, it means the approach to removing your diseased joint and putting in the new implant is done with less damage, cutting and manipulation of your muscles and tendons. Short stay joint replacement patients typically stay for less time in the hospital (typically overnight) and are able to return to normal activities within a few weeks.

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Gender Specific Knee

Men and women do not have the exact same body structure. The bone structure for each gender is different. That means that a generic implant may or may not be a great fit for both a man and a woman. If you surgeon determines you are a candidate, a gender specific implant may be just right for you. The more your surgeon can match your natural anatomy, the more your joint replacement will feel like you.