Total knee joint replacement may be a viable option for certain patients with advanced arthritis or injuries that have severely impacted the health of the knee. In fact, the National Institute of Health has determined that knee replacement surgery is “a safe and cost-effective treatment for alleviating pain and restoring function for patients who do not respond to nonsurgical therapies.” If you would like to learn if you are a candidate for knee replacement, consult with board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Stephen Raterman, MD at Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine. Dr. Raterman is a leader in the field of joint replacement and utilizes the latest breakthroughs in minimally invasive techniques to provide the best possible results for his patients.
Candidates for knee replacement surgery are generally over 50 years old and have not responded to conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, injections, and regenerative medicines. Many experience bone-on-bone contact in the knee due to cartilage degeneration, rendering simple actions like standing and walking a painful task.
Knee replacement surgery involves removing the damaged components of the knee (the ends of the femur and tibia bones) and replacing them with a metal-alloy and high-grade plastic prosthesis to relieve bone-on-bone contact and restore mobility. Dr. Raterman uses the innovative Stryker® Triathlon implant, a leading-edge implant designed to promote fluid movement and a rapid return to everyday activities. He also uses muscle-sparing surgical techniques to limit trauma to the knee and reduce post-operative discomfort.
Don’t allow knee pain and dysfunction to prevent you from living life to the fullest. If you would like to speak with Dr. Raterman about total knee joint replacement and other possible treatment options, contact Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine today. Dr. Raterman will be happy to evaluate your condition, suggest appropriate types of care, and help you make a confident and informed decision about your joint health.
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