How is Knee Replacement Surgery Performed?
During knee replacement surgery, the surgeon surgically removes the damaged bone and cartilage of the joint and replaces it with smooth, artificial implants - thereby eliminating painful bone-on-bone contact.
Almost all knee replacement implants consist of a four-part system:
- The tibial (shin) side has two elements and replaces the top of the shin bone. This portion of the implant is made up of a metal tray attached directly to the bone and a plastic spacer that provides the lower half of the new joint's bearing surface.
- The femoral (thigh bone) side is a single element that replaces the bottom of the thigh bone and provides the top half of the new joint's bearing surface. This component also replaces the groove where the patella, or kneecap, sits.
- Finally, the patellar component replaces the surface of the kneecap, which rubs against the femur. The patella protects the joint, and the newly resurfaced patellar button will slide smoothly on the front of the joint
Important Safety Notes:
Knee replacement surgery is intended to relieve knee pain and improve knee function. There are potential risks with knee replacement surgery such as loosening, wear and infection that may result in the need for additional surgery. For more information on the risks associated with total knee replacement surgery, please review the information found on the Knee Replacement Indications For Use page.
The information listed on this site is for informational and educational purposes and is not meant as medical advice. Every patient's case is unique and each patient should follow his or her doctor's specific instructions. Please discuss nutrition, medication and treatment options with your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation.