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What are the different types of knee replacement surgery?

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There are four main types of knee replacement surgery:

  • Total knee replacement. This is the most common form. Your surgeon replaces the surfaces of the thigh bone and shin bone that connects to the knee.
  • Partial knee replacement. If arthritis affects only one side of your knee, this surgery may be a possibility. However, it’s only right for you if you have strong knee ligaments. Partial knee replacement can be performed through a smaller cut than is needed for total knee replacement.
  • Kneecap replacement. This replaces only the under-surface of the kneecap, but some surgeons advise against this procedure, because total knee replacement surgery has a higher rate of success.
  • Complex (or revision) knee replacement. This procedure may be needed if you have very severe arthritis or if you’ve already had more than one knee replacement surgery.

From: What’s Knee Replacement Surgery? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: “Total Knee Replacement.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Osteoarthritis.”

National Institutes of Heath: “Knee Replacement.”

Arthritis Research: “What are the different types of knee replacement surgery?"

Mayo Clinic: “Knee Replacement.”

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: “Knee Replacement Implants.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Total Knee Replacement.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 04, 2017

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SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: “Total Knee Replacement.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Osteoarthritis.”

National Institutes of Heath: “Knee Replacement.”

Arthritis Research: “What are the different types of knee replacement surgery?"

Mayo Clinic: “Knee Replacement.”

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: “Knee Replacement Implants.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Total Knee Replacement.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 04, 2017

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