Some people may need a more complex type of knee replacement. The usual reasons for this are:
These knee replacements usually feature a longer stem, which allows the component to be more securely fixed into the bone cavity. The components may also interlock in the centre of the knee to form a hinge that stops the joint sliding apart and dislocating. Extra pieces of metal and/or plastic may be used to make up for any removed or badly damaged bone.
This type of operation could be advised if you have very severe arthritis or if you’re having revision surgery (a second or third jont replacement in the same knee).
A total knee replacement is a surgical procedure whereby the diseased knee joint is replaced with artificial material. The knee is a hinge joint which provides motion at the point where the thigh meets the lower leg. The thighbone (or…read more
Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common forms of arthritis. It is a chronic condition in which the material that cushions the joints, called cartilage, breaks down. This causes the bones to rub against each other, causing stiffness, pain…read more
In a healthy knee, the ends of your thigh and shin bones are covered with hard cartilage which allows the bones to move easily against each other. Arthritis damages the hard cartilage so that it becomes thin. In places the…read more