Knee Replacement Surgery in New Jersey
Knee replacement may be recommended if the pain and stiffness of the joint are severe and other treatments have not brought sufficient relief. The doctors at Hartzband Center for Hip & Knee Replacement will conduct a thorough medical history that includes x-rays, strength and range-of-motion tests and a series of questions to determine whether a partial or total knee replacement is right for you.
Recent advances in surgical technology make it possible to perform minimally invasive joint replacements. Traditional knee replacement surgery involves an 8-12 inch incision. Various minimally-invasive techniques allow the joint to be replaced with less cutting and manipulation of muscles, tendons, and ligaments around the joint. There are other potential advantages to minimally invasive knee replacement surgery that help make the surgery safer and allow patients to enjoy a faster and less painful recovery. Our doctors will discuss with you whether you are a candidate for minimally invasive knee replacement surgery.
Types of Knee Replacement Surgery
Partial Knee Replacement Surgery
Partial knee replacement surgery may be possible for patients with damage to one part of the joint. Doctors refer to this limited damage as a Unicompartmental knee or "Uni" knee. In a partial knee replacement, only the diseased parts of the knee are removed and replaced; the healthy portions are left untouched. Successful partial knee replacement surgery can delay or eliminate the need for a total knee replacement. They also allow a greater range of movement than standard (non-high-flex) total knee replacements.
Benefits of partial knee replacement surgery include a smaller incision (2-3 inches), shorter hospital stay (often 24 hours or less), and faster recovery and rehabilitation.
Mini-Incision Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA)
Mini-incision total knee arthroplasty (TKA) offers a less invasive alternative to traditional knee replacement surgery. The incision made during a mini-incision TKA does not extend as far up the quadriceps muscle as in traditional surgery, allowing patients to bend their knee more easily after the procedure. Additional potential benefits include smaller incisions, less disruption of tissue during surgery, and the ability to perform more recovery exercises sooner after surgery. Some patients also experience less post-operative pain.
Quad-sparing total knee arthroplasty (TKA) allows the knee joint to be replaced without cutting the quadriceps muscles or tendon, which control the bending of the knee. This means that patients experience less pain during recovery and rehabilitation and can return to daily activities faster. Other advantages of quad-sparing TKA include smaller and less conspicuous incisions, potentially less blood loss during surgery, shorter recovery, and a shorter hospital stay.
Zimmer Gender Solutions™ Knee
The Zimmer Gender Knee™ is the first knee replacement joint designed specifically for women. As opposed to standard knee prostheses, which are designed based on an average of male and female knee measurements, the Zimmer Gender Knee has a slimmer profile, permits greater movement of the kneecap, and is contoured to fit women's anatomy.
Knee Replacement Revision Surgery
Knee replacements today last about 20 years in 85-90% of well-selected patients. Occasionally, an implanted prosthesis does not function as well as it was intended to. In this case, revision knee replacement surgery may be performed to adjust or replace the mechanism.
Every patient is different. We will talk with you and provide you with information about what knee replacement surgeries you qualify for, how your procedure will be performed, how to prepare for it, and what you can expect during your recovery.
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