- Do you have trouble sleeping through the night because of knee pain?
- Is your knee pain worse even after other treatments?
- Does knee pain limit or prevent you from doing everyday activities?
- Do you require a cane to walk due to knee pain?
Knee replacement surgery is among the most common surgeries in the U.S., and Scripps surgeons perform more than 3,000 hip and knee replacement surgeries each year. That total is more than any other local health care provider, according to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.
Also called knee arthroplasty, this surgery involves replacing the ends of the thigh bone (femur) and shin bone (tibia) and the back of the kneecap (patella) with man-made implants. The type of implant is based on a patient's knee damage, age, weight, activity level and other lifestyle factors. Some patients may be eligible for a partial knee replacement.
This surgery can be an option for some patients who need a partial or total knee replacement. Scripps surgeons use this advanced technique for knee surgeries when possible because it offers better outcomes and more satisfied patients.
Most patients stay in the hospital for just a few days after a knee replacement. The day after surgery, your doctor and nurses will help you start walking on your new knee. Before going home, you'll learn exercises to strengthen the knee joint as it heals. Full recovery may take a few months to a year.
Thanks to improved technology and advanced surgical techniques, knee replacement is now easier, safer and more effective than ever before.
Scripps expert orthopedic surgeons use state-of-the-art medical equipment and innovative procedures to place artificial joints — called implants — with outstanding precision and accuracy to mirror your natural anatomy and movement.
In many cases, new surgical techniques can mean a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.