If you suffer from knee pain, you are not alone. One of the most common causes of chronic knee pain and the leading cause of disability is arthritis, and it’s estimated that over 70 million people in the United States are affected by this disease.
At Scottsdale Healthcare, we have developed a program that is designed to get you back on your feet, back at home and back to doing the activities that you enjoy as quickly as possible. Our physicians are among the best in the Valley in terms of caring, excellence and clinical outcomes. We use the most modern technology and surgical techniques available, allowing you to restore your mobility quickly and enjoy longer lasting joint function.
Total Knee Replacement
More than 500,000 Americans undergo total knee replacement surgery each year to relieve knee pain and restore their mobility. In this procedure, the natural joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint. Made of metal alloys and high grade plastics (to mimic the function of bone and cartilage, respectively), the prosthesis is designed to move just like a healthy human joint.
Knee replacement techniques and instrumentation have undergone countless improvements. Today, knee replacement is one of the safest and most successful types of major surgery. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, knee replacement procedures result in significant restoration of function and reduction of pain in 90 - 95% of patients.
Partial Knee Replacement
The knee has three compartments, and often it is the medial (inside) compartment that becomes arthritic. If the other compartments have healthy, normal cartilage, then a partial knee replacement may be performed. Although not as common as total knee replacement, the partial (also known as uni-compartmental) knee replacement is a viable alternative in many situations. This procedure involves a smaller implant for just one side of the knee but both surfaces, rather than for the entire knee joint.
Because the partial knee replacement can be performed through a relatively small incision (approximately 3 to 4 inches long), it does not interrupt the main muscle controlling the knee. This results in faster rehabilitation, shorter hospitalization and quicker recovery time than a total knee replacement. Rehabilitation may also be more progressive. Because less bone is removed and there is less trauma to soft tissue during surgery, patients may experience that their knee feels more natural than with a total knee replacement.
Robotic Knee Surgery
One option for a partial knee replacement offered at Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital uses MAKOplasty® technology, a surgeon-controlled robotic arm system that combines computer imaging with an intelligent instrumentation. This allows the surgeon to precisely place an implant that has been selected for the patient’s knee. Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital is one of only four locations in Arizona to offer partial knee resurfacing using MAKOplasty.