If you suffer chronic knee pain that limits participating in daily activities
and you have tried all other methods for eliminating the pain—physical
therapy, lifestyle changes and pain medication—you may be a candidate
for total or
partial knee replacement. Total and partial knee replacement surgery allows you to regain range
Understanding that not all patients are candidates for a partial knee replacement,
a total knee replacement may also be an option. Total knee replacements
are usually performed on people suffering from painful arthritic conditions
severe enough to limit one’s normal day-to-day activities.It is
estimated that more than half a million Americans undergo total knee replacement
to recover function and the ability to enjoy life once again.
Total knee replacement replaces the knee with a prosthesis. Although knee
replacement surgeries have been taking place since the 1960s, recent advances
in the procedures and technology have made the knee replacement much more
A total knee replacement, also called total knee arthroplasty, is a highly
successful surgical procedure which involves replacement of all three
compartments of the knee (the medial compartment (inside aspect of the
knee), the lateral compartment (outside of the knee) and the patellofemoral
compartment (in front of the knee). A total knee replacement replaces
the damaged bearing surfaces in your knee that are causing pain with the
goal of the procedure being provide you with a durable solution that can
resolve pain, allow you to stand, sit, walk and perform other normal daily
There are many different types of knee implants. Your surgeon will choose
the implant that is best for you based on lifestyle, activity level and
body type. Paradise Valley Hospital also is pleased to offer the
Conformis knee implant—which is customized to fit each individual patient.
Recovery time varies by person, but most people go home within two or three
days of surgery. Early mobility is our goal to ensure you get back to
enjoying your life as soon as possible!
Read more about our customized knee implants.
To find a physician affiliated with the San Diego Spine & Joint Center
at Paradise Valley Hospital,
click here, or call (844) PVH-CALL (844-784-2255) 24/7.
Just give us a call. We'll be happy to answer any questions you may
have. And be sure to ask us about our upcoming seminars on back and neck
pain – we'd love to see you! For more information, call (844)
e-mail our spine and joint care coordinator.