Knee replacement surgery

Also known as: Total knee replacement surgery
Joint replacement involves surgery to replace the ends of bones in a damaged joint. This surgery creates new joint surfaces.

In knee replacement surgery, the ends of the damaged thigh and lower leg (shin) bones and usually the kneecap are capped with artificial surfaces lined with metal and plastic. Usually, doctors replace the entire surface at the ends of the thigh and lower leg bones. But it is increasingly popular to replace just the inner knee surfaces or the outer knee surfaces, depending on the location of damage. This is called partial replacement, or unicompartmental replacement. Doctors usually secure knee joint components to the bones with cement.

Providence Orthopedic Institute offers professional treatment for adults and children in the following areas: joint reconstruction, revisions, foot and ankle injuries, hand and upper extremity surgery, fracture care, trauma and sports injuries.  Some of our hospitals offer computer-assisted navigation for knee surgery or total knee replacement surgery. Computer-assisted navigation helps with the alignment and precision of the surgical procedure.

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