Knee Replacement Procedures
Knee replacements are done because knees wear out. People needing knee replacement surgery may have problems walking, getting out of bed, climbing stairs, or engaging in other activities they previously enjoyed. They may have pain that persists even with use of other tools like a cane or medication and may even have severe knee pain while at rest.
The most common condition for a knee replacement is osteoarthritis.
Our knee replacement surgeons can perform the following knee replacement procedures:
Unicompartmental Knee Replacement
Unicompartmental knee replacement is a partial knee replacement.
- For people who have arthritis in only one part of their knee (for limited arthritis).
- Damaged bone and cartilage is replaced with plastic and metal.
- Since the incision area is typically small, there is less downtime than other types of knee replacement procedures.
A patellofemoral arthroplasty is performed when the area of the kneecap moves in front of the femur.
- Symptomtoms include pain behind the kneecap and pain when going up and down stairs.
- This condition is more common in women and affects people in their late 30s, 40s, and 50s.
10 years ago people would stay in the hospital for 5-10 days. Now people can go home the day after surgery.
Total Knee Replacements
Total knee replacements—or total knee arthroplasty—are one of the most common orthopedic procedures.
Dr. Schwartz has been exclusively performing minimally invasive, computer-guided total knee replacements since 2003-2004. Computer-guided technology allows for the most accurate alignment during the knee surgery.