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Is Pain Limiting Everyday Activities?

Did you know? Nearly 600,000 knee replacement surgeries are done each year in the U.S. The most common age for knee replacement is between 50 and 80 years old. When severe pain limits your everyday activities you may want to consider knee replacement surgery. Other reasons you may benefit from surgery is 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.

A problem knee is stiff or painful. Cartilage cracks or wears away due to usage, inflammation, or injury, and no longer allows the joint to glide freely. As more cartilage wears away, exposed bones rub together when the knee bends, causing pain. With time, bone surfaces also become rough, making pain worse.

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.

Patient Matched Technology
VISIONAIRE Patient Matched Technology uses your own X-ray and MRI to design surgical instrumentation that is unique to you. Custom cutting guides are designed and produced to match the exact shapes and angles of your individualized anatomy. This provides a custom fit, more accurately aligning the implant.

 

linda-dokterFor Linda Dokter, pain was a constant companion she only escaped while sleeping. With severe osteoarthritis from two bad falls, she was left with pain in her right leg and throughout her knee. Though Linda had visited various physicians seeking a solution for her pain, she didn’t feel the trust and security needed to take the next step toward healing. That was until she met orthopedic surgeon, Jeffrey Postma, MD. Read more...

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