More and more people with severe knee pain are choosing to have knee replacement surgery. Modern techniques and implants have made knee surgery quicker and easier on patients than ever before.
Candidates for total knee replacement have usually tried other treatments, such as medications, physical therapy or injections. X-rays often show that cartilage in their knee has worn away, making the bones rub together and causing pain and more damage.
Scripps orthopedic surgeons provide knee replacements and other knee procedures across the San Diego region for local and out-of-town patients.
Chronic knee pain is often caused by some type of arthritis in the knee, including:
- Osteoarthritis, when shock-absorbing cartilage in the joint has worn away
- Post-traumatic arthritis, when old knee injuries continue to cause pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis, when your immune system mistakenly attacks your joints because of this autoimmune disease
The most common reason for a knee replacement is severe osteoarthritis in the knee.
The two types of knee replacement surgery are partial knee replacement and total knee replacement.
Knee replacement can end chronic pain and help people regain mobility. While modern techniques have made the procedure easier on patients, it’s important to know if you’re a candidate, what to expect from the surgery and how long it might take to recover.
Knee replacement surgery is among the most common surgeries in the U.S., and Scripps surgeons perform more than 3,000 knee and hip 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.
Overall, the orthopedic surgeons at Scripps have been nationally ranked as one of the best for joint treatments.