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Patient-specific Total Knee Replacement

Patient-specific Total Knee Replacement

Knee pain can be caused by many things such as injury. But if you are experiencing above average and consistent discomfort in your knee, it may be time to consult a physician about a knee replacement. As we age, our knee joints and the surrounding tissue deteriorates. This can be extremely painful and will not go away on its own.

If over-the-counter medications are ineffective and the pain is severe enough to keep you awake at night or limits your everyday mobility then corrective action may need to be taken to fix the problem. The only way to know for sure that the pain you are experiencing will require surgery is with an x-ray, MRI or CT scan, which will show how severe the deterioration is to determine the proper course of action. Knee replacement surgery has a success rate of 98 percent and is the most common surgery performed on joints.

Patient specific knee replacement is considered the “best of the best” in terms of knee replacement surgery. An MRI image of your knee is sent to the manufacturer that your surgeon has selected to provide your new implant. The scan is used to custom design the plastic or metal replacement that fits your knee, resulting in the most accurate cut and fit for the knee replacement. Otherwise, this step is performed in the operating room at the time of the surgery. Because the new replacement is patient-specific, the implant will last longer and you are less likely to experience other common post-surgery issues such as problems with alignment.

Recovery time varies from person to person and it’s important to discuss the proper protocol with your doctor. In some instances, physical therapy is desired and sometimes merely stretching on your own will suffice. But plan to be off your knee for at least six to 12 weeks or longer depending on your recovery rate. The knee is a major joint that supports the entire weight of your body, so be patient. Rest and rehabilitation are needed for proper recovery.

Several orthopedic surgeons at The Longstreet Clinic specialize in joint replacements, including the knee. Our Orthopedic physicians are experienced in treating the knee joint and will be able to properly determine the best treatment plan for you. All surgeries are performed at Northeast Georgia Medical Center's state-of-the-art North Patient Tower and Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton.

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