Knee Replacement Surgery
When a knee is so severely damaged by disease or injury, an artificial knee replacement may be considered. The Knee Replacement surgeons at PinnacleHealth are expert at the most advanced minimally invasive knee replacement surgery procedures.
During knee replacement surgery, joint surfaces are substituted or replaced by prostheses. Nearly 600,000 knee replacement surgeries are performed annually in the U.S. The most common age for knee replacement is between ages 60 to 80 years old.
Who might be a candidate for knee replacement surgery?
The most common condition that results in the need for knee replacement surgery is osteoarthritis, a degenerative, joint disease that affects mostly middle-aged and older adults. Osteoarthritis is characterized by the breakdown of joint cartilage and adjacent bone in the knees. Other forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and arthritis that results from a knee injury can also lead to degeneration of the knee joint. In addition, fractures, torn cartilage, and/or torn ligaments also can lead to irreversible damage to the knee joint over the years.
Our surgeons perform several types of knee replacement surgery, including partial and total knee replacement.