The knees hold the weight of the body and keep us mobile. Knee pain is one of the most common health complaints – from people of all ages. Knee pain may be the result of an injury, such as a ruptured ligament or torn cartilage. Certain medical conditions — like arthritis, gout and immune diseases — also can cause knee pain. Many types of minor knee pain respond well to self-care measures. Physical therapy and knee braces also can help relieve pain. In some cases your knee may benefit from medications, injection therapy or a surgical repair. The last line of repair for knee pain is joint replacement. Our advanced knee replacement specialists have a very high level of success and patient satisfaction.
Normal Anatomy of the Knee Joint
How does the Knee joint work?
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Arthroscopy of the Knee Joint
Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure in which an arthroscope is inserted into a joint. Arthroscopy is a term that comes from two Greek words, arthro-, meaning joint, and -skopein, meaning to examine.
The benefits of arthroscopy involve smaller incisions, faster healing, a more rapid recovery, and less scarring. Arthroscopic surgical procedures are often performed on an outpatient basis and the patient is able to return home on the same day.
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Total Knee Replacement (TKR)
A total knee replacement (TKR) or total knee arthroplasty is a surgery that resurfaces an arthritic knee joint with an artificial metal or plastic replacement parts called the ‘prostheses’.
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Anterior Cruciate Ligament ACL Reconstruction
The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the major stabilizing ligaments in the knee. It is a strong rope like structure located in the centre of the knee running from the femur to the tibia. When this ligament tears unfortunately it doesn’t heal and often leads to the feeling of instability in the knee.
ACL reconstruction is a commonly performed surgical procedure and with recent advances in arthroscopic surgery can now be performed with minimal incisions and low complication rates.
Uni Condylar Knee Replacement
This simply means that only a part of the knee joint is replaced through a smaller incision than would normally be used for a total knee replacement. The knee joint is made up of 3 compartments, the patellofemoral and medial and lateral compartments between the femur and tibia (i.e. the long bones of the leg). Often only one of these compartments wears out, usually the medial one. If you have symptoms and X-ray findings suggestive of this then you may be suitable for this procedure.
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Revision Knee Replacement
This means that part or all of your previous knee replacement needs to be revised. This operation varies from very minor adjustments to massive operations replacing significant amounts of bone and hence is difficult to describe in full.
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Please use the links below to get more information from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:
Broken Bones and Injury
- Femur (Thighbone) Fractures in Children Growth Plate Fractures Proximal Tibia Fractures
- Stress Fractures
Tears and Instability
Diseases and Syndromes
- Bowed Legs
- Bursitis of the Knee: Goosefoot (Pes Anserine)
- Bursitis of the Knee: Kneecap (Prepatellar)
- Limb Length Discrepency
- Osteonecrosis of the Knee
- Burning Thigh Pain (Meralgia paresthetica)
- Compartment Syndrome
- Knee Pain, Adolescent Anterior
- Osgood-Schlatter Disease (Knee Pain)
- Anesthesia for Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery
- Knee Replacement and Implants
- Knee Replacement, Minimally Invasive
- Total Knee Replacement
Arthroscopy and Reconstruction