If you suffer from ongoing knee pain and limited movement, you can be confident about getting a total knee replacement, as more than 90% of replacements continue to function without problems for at least 15 years. Dr. Steven D. Eggleston has extensive experience successfully performing total knee replacement surgery. If you’d like to learn whether you’re a good candidate, call Eggleston Orthopedics in Lake Jackson, Texas, or book an appointment online.
Knee replacement surgery, also called knee arthroplasty, is most often performed in patients with arthritis, with osteoarthritis accounting for about 83% of all knee replacements. Knee replacement is also an option when your knee joint is damaged due to an injury.
You may need a total knee replacement when the following symptoms don’t improve with conservative treatments:
In addition to osteoarthritis, these symptoms may be caused by rheumatoid arthritis and post-traumatic arthritis.
Total knee replacement is a very effective surgery, especially when performed by an experienced surgeon like Dr. Eggleston. During your procedure, he removes damaged tissue from underneath your kneecap and the ends of the femur and tibia. After reshaping the bones, he attaches the prosthetic implants.
Metal pieces are used to rebuild the end of the femur and tibia, while a plastic prosthetic is used underneath the kneecap. A medical-grade plastic spacer is inserted between the two metal components to allow smooth movement between the bones.
Although total knee replacements often require open surgery (with one long incision to access the joint), some patients are candidates for a minimally invasive procedure.
The knee replacement process is the same for both types of surgery. However, during minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Eggleston makes an incision that’s about half the length of the incision used during open surgery.
With minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Eggleston either doesn’t cut the muscles, or they only suffer a small incision. This muscle-sparing technique means you have less postoperative pain and a quicker recovery.
During your recovery, Dr. Eggleston guides your physical therapy and rehabilitation to ensure you regain optimal strength and function.
When you suffer from chronic knee pain and stiffness, or you’ve been advised you may need a total knee replacement, call Eggleston Orthopedics or book an appointment online. After performing a thorough evaluation, Dr. Eggleston can talk with you about your treatment options and the best type of surgery for your age and activity level.