Knee Replacement Surgery

Orthopedic knee surgeons at CHI Franciscan Health care for patients with the full range of disabling knee joint disorders. The most common condition leading to knee surgery is arthritis, and knee replacement is often the preferred treatment. Each year, CHI Franciscan orthopedic surgeons perform thousands of joint replacement operations, including:

Our knee surgeons use the latest technology and techniques to treat degenerative knee disorders.

Bilateral knee replacement surgery

Bilateral knee replacement surgery means that both knees are replaced. Patients who have severe knee arthritis in both knees may be good candidates to undergo bilateral total knee replacement. In general, there are two types of bilateral knee replacement surgery:

Simultaneous Bilateral Knee Replacement

A simultaneous procedure means that both knees are replaced at the same surgery, in one day.

Staged Bilateral Knee Replacement

A staged procedure means that the knees are both replaced, but not on the same day. The second surgery may be performed as early as several days after the initial surgery, or several weeks or months later.

Knee revision surgery

A replacement joint that wears out, loosens or develops a problem, can be resurfaced or replaced in a joint revision operation. Using regular X-ray examinations, the orthopedic surgeon can detect and monitor any changes in the artificial joint, and plan for revision surgery before a major problem develops.

In revision knee surgery, the surgeon removes the original prosthesis, cement, surrounding tissue and dead bone before inserting a new prosthesis. Thanks to our patented techniques for hip and knee revision surgery, most patients experience better outcomes and fewer complications.

Postoperative care for revision surgery is the same as that for the original replacement surgery. Patients usually have a combination of home health care, physical and occupational therapy and other forms of rehabilitation.

Possible complications from this procedure are similar to those in the original joint replacement surgery. However, in general the success rate for revision surgery is lower than that of original joint replacement surgery because the bone is weaker and the prosthesis is more likely to loosen.

Partial knee replacement surgery

The goal of knee replacement surgery is to decrease pain and restore function. Although total knee replacement is an excellent option for patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, other surgical options exist. Patients with osteoarthritis that is limited to just one part of the knee may be candidates for unicompartmental knee replacement (also called a "partial" knee replacement).

Unicompartmental knee replacement is an option for a small percentage of patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. Your doctor may recommend partial knee replacement if your arthritis is confined to a single part (compartment) of your knee.

In a unicompartmental knee replacement, only the damaged compartment is replaced with metal and plastic. The healthy cartilage and bone in the rest of the knee is left alone.

Total knee replacement surgery (arthroplasty)

When you have a total knee replacement (also called arthroplasty), your surgeon cuts away damaged bone and cartilage from your thighbone, shinbone and kneecap and replaces it with an artificial joint made of metal alloys, high-grade plastics and polymers. Most knee replacement joints attempt to replicate your knee's natural ability to roll and glide as it bends.

Taking the first step

An evaluation with an orthopedic surgeon will determine whether joint replacement surgery is an appropriate course of treatment for you. Your primary care doctor may refer you to one or you can get a referral to a specialist on staff at CHI Franciscan by calling 1-888-825-3227 or find an orthopedic surgeon near you.

Attend a free Health Talk

One of the best ways to better understand your condition and meet a physician on staff at CHI Franciscan is to attend a free health talk. There, you can get your questions answered by one of our leading orthopedic specialists and get more information on the latest treatment options for joint replacement, foot and ankle pain, back ailments, sports medicine and more. View a list of upcoming talks.