Knee Replacement

Don’t let knee pain hold you back

Steve PetlickKnee pain or stiffness doesn't go away on it's own. Cartilage continues to crack and wear away with usage, inflammation, or another injury. As more cartilage wears away, exposed bones rub together when the knee bends, causing pain. With time, bone surfaces also become rough, making pain worsen.

When severe pain limits your everyday activities you may want to consider knee replacement surgery. If you have moderate or severe knee pain while resting, either day or night, swelling of the knee that does not improve with rest or medication, bowing in or out of your knee, or the inability to bend and straighten your knee it may be time to speak with a provider. Get started on your journey to relieving knee pain by using the button below or by calling 269.684.6484

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A homerun experiences

As a local high school baseball umpire and football referee, 65-year-old, Steve Petlick, spent a lot of time on his feet. When his knee began causing him discomfort Steve decided it was time to seek help. After discussing the situation with family and friends, and doing his own research online, he scheduled an appointment with orthopedic surgeon, Kenneth Edwards, MD.

Steve decided to undergo double knee replacement surgery which would replace both knee joints at the same time with an artificial one called a prosthesis.

“I no longer experience any pain in my knees,” said Steve. “I didn’t realize how much it was impacting my quality of life. There’s no reason for anyone to suffer longer than they have to–it just isn’t worth it.”

Partial knee replacement

During a partial knee replacement, a surgeon replaces damaged cartilage and bone in just one portion of the knee. This approach offers benefits over a total knee replacement, including smaller incisions, less trauma to the bone and surrounding tissue, smaller implants, less pain, and faster recovery.
Total Knee Replacement

During this procedure, the roughened ends of the thighbone and shinbone and the underside of the kneecap are replaced with an artificial one called a prosthesis. Made of metal alloys and high-grade plastics, the artificial joint is designed to move and function just like a human joint.

Learn more about treatment options for knee arthritis from orthopedic surgeon, Kenneth Edwards, MD.