Knee replacement surgery, also called knee arthroplasty, is a procedure used to treat individuals experiencing pain from joint damage in the knee. In many cases, this damage is caused by arthritis that develops and worsens over time, but it may also result from a sudden injury to the knee. Surgery is typically recommended when pain and inflammation are severe and do not respond to conservative treatment options.
Dr. Richard Gray, MD, of Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine is an orthopaedic surgeon providing partial and total knee replacement surgery for individuals with knee pain. With more than 20 years of experience in orthopaedics, Dr. Gray is not only an expert in joint replacement surgery, but also highly in-tune with his patients.
Dr. Gray helps his patients understand their options for knee replacement, which include:
- Unicompartmental (partial) knee replacement – The knee joint involves three compartments: the medial (inside), lateral (outside), and the kneecap. A unicompartmental replacement involves replacing just one of these parts.
- Total knee replacement – When joint damage is more extensive and affects more than just one part of the knee joint, a total knee replacement to replace all of the damaged parts with a prosthetic may be recommended instead.
After either of these procedures, physical therapy to help restore joint function is an essential part of recovery. For most patients, this surgery improves knee motion and significantly reduces joint pain. Dr. Gray is also working with the development of robotic-assisted surgery for knee replacement. Dr. Gray can help you understand what to expect during and after surgery if you are a candidate for joint replacement.
If you would like to find out if knee replacement surgery is an option for you, contact Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gray.
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