Total knee replacement surgery, also called knee arthroplasty, is a type of joint replacement surgery that is used to repair joint damage typically from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. People in need of this surgical intervention have problems walking, climbing stairs, and even sitting down and getting up. Some individuals even have persisting pain when resting.
The professionals at Arizona Bone and Joint Specialists offer a number of treatment options for knee damage. Typically, a total knee replacement is sought only after conservative methods, including medications and physical therapy, have been applied. If pain persists after such treatment, surgery is then considered. After a thorough assessment, X-rays, and a review of the patient’s medical history, a surgeon will either give the surgery a thumb’s up or thumb’s down.
Dr. David Camarata is a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. His expertise and precision have given him the tools to perform total knee replacement surgeries with ease. To find out more about Dr. Camarata or the other world-class Arizona Bone and Joint surgeons, visit http://azbone.com/staff-member/physician/david-camarata-md.
The knee is the largest joint in the human body. Connected by three bones, the lower end of the femur, the upper end of the tibia, and the patella, the knee is the region of most use in our bodies. Knee replacement surgery has been performed in the United States since the 1960s. The damaged joint is replaced with a prosthesis, made of either metal alloys or high-grade plastics. Since the 60s, knee replacement surgery has undergone several advancements and is now one of the safest surgeries. Around 90 percent of cases have been performed complication-free.
People who undergo knee replacement surgery usually have a drastic reduction in joint pain and great improvement in mobility. Based on the recommendation from your doctor, the patient will only be able to perform activities at an appropriate level of joint movement.
To find out more about the treatments we offer and if you are a candidate for total knee replacement surgery, visit us online or call to schedule an appointment. Our Scottsdale and Phoenix locations are open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.
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