Are you one of the estimated 27 million with osteoarthritis? It’s the most common form of arthritis in the knee. Caused by normal wear and tear on joints due to age, weight, activity as well as injury or trauma, it can lead to pain or stiffness that interferes with daily activities.
Fortunately, many non-operative treatment options can give you relief from mild to moderate knee pain and put off joint replacement surgery for years:
- Leg strengthening exercises
- Weight loss
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Corticosteroid or hyaluronic acid injections
- Brace, walker or cane to improve stability
Know when to talk with your doctor
When that ache in the knee interferes with your everyday routine, it may be time to talk with your doctor about turning in your body’s original joint for a new one.
Depending on the pattern of your knee arthritis, you may have two surgical options:
Total knee replacement – for widespread arthritis
Partial knee replacement – for more isolated arthritis
Are you a candidate for a partial replacement?
X-rays are the first step to evaluate your knee arthritis. If you have tried non-operative treatment options that either failed or no longer provide relief, you may be an ideal candidate for a replacement. We use a stress X-ray test at Goshen Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine to simulate how your knee would function with a partial implant. We also evaluate cartilage and ligaments.
Partial replacement advantages
Replacing the damaged part of the knee instead of the whole joint may benefit you in several ways:
- Less invasive surgery
- Less time when done on outpatient basis
- Less pain afterward
- More natural-feeling knee
- Greater flexibility and good range of motion regained sooner
- Shorter recovery time – about half of total knee replacement
- Longevity equal to total knee replacement
Don’t wait to learn about options
Early diagnosis often plays a key role in a successful partial knee replacement – and effective resolution of the knee problem. Patients who wait too long may not have the option of a partial replacement and end up with needing the total knee replaced.
Talk with an orthopedic specialist sooner rather than later. It’s the best way to preserve a choice between the two surgeries.
To learn more about treatment options offered by Goshen Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, visit Orthopedics & Sports Medicine section of our website.