The knee is the largest joint in the body and supports the majority of the body’s weight when standing. It is comprised of the femur, tibia, and patella which create a hinge joint. As a major weightbearing surface in the body, knee injury and degenerative changes are very common. A large percentage of our patients suffer from degenerative changes which create pain and decreased mobility. Treatment for these degenerative changes may include injections, braces, physical therapy, weight loss, and surgery.
When surgery does become necessary our physicians will discuss options with you. Arthroscopic surgery may be utilized for injuries involving the meniscus. The meniscus is a fibrocartilagenous structure in the knee. It acts as a cushion and helps to support the knee joint. In arthroscopic surgery the surgeon makes tiny incisions. A camera is placed through one incision site and allows visualization of the knee joint. The surgeon will then use several tools to repair the damaged tissue and cartilage.
More severe degenerative changes may require knee replacement surgery. In knee replacement surgery cuts are made in the tibia, femur, and patella. The joint replacement is then placed over the areas cut and a plastic insert provides support between the femur and tibia. Our physicians often utilize the Depuy Rotating Platform Knee, but will choose the appropriate knee replacement for each patient’s individual needs.
Visit the Depuy website for more information. http://www.jointreplacement.com/DePuy/
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