A knee prosthesis, more commonly known as a knee implant, is comprised of metal and plastic artificial components that are inserted into a knee joint to replace portions that have been damaged and are causing chronic pain. Knee replacements are one of the most successful procedures in medicine, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality estimates that more than 600,000 are performed in the United States each year.
Treatment at North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic
If you are experiencing chronic knee pain and believe you may be a candidate for a total knee replacement, North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic in Durham can help determine the best course of action. Our sports medicine specialists take a patient-centered approach to treatment and always explore non-surgical options first. However, if after a comprehensive exam and consultation it’s determined that a knee prosthesis is your best option, you will be in good hands with our fellowship-trained surgeons.
Knee Replacement Procedures
If you undergo a knee replacement, the damaged surfaces in the knee joint will be removed and replaced with metal components that recreate the surface of the joint. Additionally, a plastic spacer will be inserted to create a smooth gliding surface that allows for easy joint movement. The normal recovery period for this procedure can run from six to 12 weeks, though many patients are able to resume most normal activities after three to six weeks.
If you would like to find out if a knee prosthesis could be the answer to your chronic knee pain, contact North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic in Durham today to schedule a consultation.