New approaches to knee surgery
Are you putting off a knee replacement? Living with pain because you fear surgery will mean giving up the activities you love? Wait no more.
You don’t have to live with knee pain. Today, with the help of new surgical and engineering advances, you have more options to repair injured joints. Advanced technology means today’s knee replacements offer better range of motion and more natural movement. You can get rid of pain and still stay active.
Today’s artificial joints come in a variety of materials and designs, contoured for your age, gender, weight and overall health. And, most joint replacements are performed using minimally invasive procedures. In many cases, you are back home the same day as surgery.
Ahead of the Curve
We employ the most advanced surgical techniques and knee replacement materials available. In fact, we were the first in the region to offer minimally invasive outpatient total knee replacement surgery (sometimes called total knee arthroplasty or TKA).
TKA uses a smaller incision and requires far less disruption to the muscles and tendons. Benefits include:
- Less blood loss during surgery
- Less pain after surgery
- Shorter hospital stays (often home the same day)
- Relief from knee pain and a more active life
Not everyone is a candidate for TKA. Our orthopedic surgeons offer a variety of knee replacement options, including other minimally invasive procedures.
Total Knee Replacement
Knee replacement surgery can relieve pain and restore function in severely diseased knee joints. Total knee replacement is the most common joint replacement surgery we perform at Aurora BayCare. In a total knee replacement, damaged cartilage and bone is replaced with an artificial joint. Knee replacement joints replicate your knee's natural ability to roll and glide as it bends.
Knee resurfacing is also known as partial knee replacement. In this minimally invasive procedure, your orthopedic surgeon resurfaces (replaces) only part of the knee joint. The healthy cartilage, bone, and ligaments in your knee is preserved. With knee resurfacing, you can expect to experience less pain and recover more quickly. Because knee resurfacing saves much of your original knee, you benefit from improved mobility and better natural motion.
High Flex Knee Replacement
High flex knee replacements are available for younger, active patients who need a greater range of motion. High flex knee replacements are designed to accommodate 155 degrees of flex, enough to garden, canoe, even kneel on the floor.
Custom Knee Implants
The field of knee surgery made great strides when manufacturers developed knee implants designed for people of different gender and size. Today, we've made an even greater leap with the introduction of custom knee implants. Your knee replacement implant can now be customized specifically for you. Your customized implant offers you the benefits of a more natural feel, utilizing a less invasive surgical experience.
Patella Femoral Pain Syndrome (Runner’s Knee)
While there are a number of non-surgical treatment options for Runner’s Knee, sometimes surgery is necessary to reduce pain and possibly realign the patella. Knee resurfacing is one surgical option. We utilize Arthrosurface implants, offering a portfolio of close-to-custom implants to most closely align with the different curvatures of your knee.
Our exclusive, pre-operative training class helps you and your caregivers prepare for surgery and rehab, improving your joint replacement outcomes. Joint camp is for patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement. In just a few short hours, you learn what to do before surgery, what's going to happen in the hospital and what to expect afterward. We provide you with assistive equipment and have you practice certain activities, like putting on socks, before you have your surgery. And, you’ll meet with hip and knee specialists from physical therapy. It’s a lot of information, but research shows that classes like this can improve your results. Patients who go through the class have better pain control and are more comfortable performing their physical therapy.