Learn About Knee Replacement at West Coast Joint and Spine

Learn About Knee Replacement at West Coast Joint and Spine

Mon Jan 01 0001

Undergoing knee replacement surgery, known as knee arthroplasty, can be a significant decision that should always involve a detailed discussion with your doctor.

At West Coast Joint and Spine, we prioritize creating a strong rapport between patients and their entire care team—from our experienced orthopedic surgeons to our clinical staff and coordinators. We dedicate time to understanding your goals and ensuring we support you from the initial consultation through your recovery process.

Overview of Knee Replacement/Arthroplasty:

Knee arthroplasty replaces damaged, worn, or diseased knee joint surfaces with artificial materials. If you suffer from severe knee pain or limited mobility due to conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or post-traumatic arthritis, you may be a suitable candidate for this surgery. The procedure aims to alleviate pain, enhance mobility, and improve overall quality of life.

Symptoms that Knee Arthroplasty May Address:

You may be a candidate for knee replacement surgery if you experience:

  • Persistent Knee Pain: Ongoing and severe, particularly during weight-bearing activities or even at rest.
  • Reduced Mobility: Challenges with walking, climbing stairs, or performing routine activities due to stiffness or limited range of motion.
  • Swelling and Inflammation: Persistent swelling and inflammation in the knee joint that does not respond well to conservative treatments.
  • Joint Deformity: Noticeable changes in the structure of the knee or deformities that impact function.

Treatment Options: Non-Invasive Approaches and Knee Arthroplasty

Before considering knee arthroplasty, non-invasive treatment options are typically explored, including:

  • Lifestyle Modifications include weight management, engaging in low-impact exercises, and using assistive devices.
  • Medications and Injections: Employing pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, and injections to manage symptoms.
  • Physical Therapy: Strengthening the muscles around the knee and improving joint flexibility to manage pain.

When these conservative treatments do not sufficiently relieve pain, surgery may become a consideration. An orthopedic surgeon will thoroughly assess the severity of your condition, the impact on your quality of life, and the success or failure of any non-surgical treatments you have tried. The surgeon will discuss the risks, benefits, and expected outcomes with you to determine if you are a suitable candidate for knee replacement surgery.

Advanced Robotic Surgery Techniques at West Coast Joint and Spine

At West Coast Joint and Spine, our orthopedic surgeons may employ robotic-assisted technology for knee replacements. This advanced approach improves precision and aims for a more personalized surgical procedure catering to each patient's anatomical needs.

Robotic-Assisted Knee Replacements:

Our surgeons utilize robotic systems to enhance the accuracy of knee surgeries. These systems use detailed imaging and real-time data to guide the surgeon's instruments during the procedure. Robotic assistance may improve the accuracy of implant placement, which can lead to better outcomes, a more natural feel of the replaced joint, and potentially shorter recovery times.

Benefits of Robotic Surgery:

  • Precision and Customization: The robotic systems provide surgeons with a detailed 3D model of the patient's knee, which may allow for more precise removal of damaged bone and improvement in the placement of the knee implant.
  • Reduced Recovery Time: With more accurate implant placement and less invasive techniques, patients often experience reduced pain and quicker recovery post-surgery.
  • Improved Outcomes: The precision of robotic surgery often results in less post-operative pain, decreased risk of complications, and improved overall knee function.

Recovery from Knee Replacement:

The minimally invasive techniques used at West Coast Joint and Spine typically result in a shorter recovery period, allowing patients to return to their lives with less pain. Our team supports patients throughout their recovery, often involving a progressive protocol that gradually reintroduces activity. Physical therapy and long-term management are crucial to maintaining the benefits of the surgery.

Knee arthroplasty can be a transformative solution for those suffering from debilitating knee pain. If you're frustrated by persistent knee issues and need clarification on the underlying cause, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our leading orthopedic experts at West Coast Joint and Spine. Let us help you return to enjoying life pain-free.