Knee Replacement Surgery

Treatment options for chronic knee pain

59-year-old grandmother Lynn Sago walks up a hill without knee pain after robotic knee replacement surgery at Scripps.

Treatment options for chronic knee pain

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.

Causes of chronic knee pain

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. 

Types of knee replacement surgery

The two types of knee replacement surgery are partial knee replacement and total knee replacement.

What to expect from 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.

The best knee replacement surgeons

The best knee replacement surgeons

Knee replacement surgery is among the most common surgeries in the US, 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.

Scripps locations for knee replacement surgery

Scripps orthopedists perform knee replacement surgery at five hospital campuses in San Diego County:


Support services and resources

As leaders in orthopedic care, we know what it takes to keep joints healthy. That’s why we equip our patients with support services and resources to help them achieve their best possible outcome. From connecting you with rehab services to empowering you with educational resources, Scripps offers a comprehensive lineup to help you along every step of your journey.