Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.
Nearly one in five U.S. adults say they have experienced knee pain within the last 30 days. Yet few adults take serious action regarding their knee pain. Oftentimes, the “solution” is to pop an aspirin and sit on the couch. In the meantime, adults with knee pain end up avoiding exercise and developing further health problems. For some patients, total or partial knee replacement surgery may be an excellent solution.
An infographic by Orlando Orthopaedic Center provides a balanced first glance at knee replacement surgery. If you’ve been wondering if knee replacement surgery is right for you, learn more about this procedure below. You can also take our arthritis assessment to have someone from Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics contact you.
All About Knee Replacement
- 600,000+ knee replacement operations are performed in the U.S. each year.
- 70% of knee operations are performed on patients age 65+.
- The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons estimates that by 2030, the number of Total Knee Replacement (TKR) surgeries will increase to nearly 3.5 million a year. (That’s up from 600,000 in 2009.)
- Knee arthroplasty was the 14th most common inpatient procedure in 2009.
- The overall rate of knee replacements from 1997 to 2009 increased by 57% more for females than for males.
- 37% of knee replacement patients are men; 63% are women
- Knee surgery is most effective in patients who are age 55 or older, relatively sedentary, not obese, and have intact ligaments (specifically the ACL).
Partial Knee Replacement (PKR) v. Total Knee Replacement (TKR)
In partial knee replacement, only the most damaged areas of cartilage are removed; healthy tissue is left in the knee. In TKR, all cartilage is removed and a metal and plastic prosthetic is implanted. Your Houston orthopedic doctor will determine which procedure is right for you.
Learn More: Knee Replacement – Houston Orthopedic Doctor
At Houston Institute for Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, we use Stryker for Total Knee Replacement. I am proud to have worked on the production, design, and educational team for Stryker’s joint replacement technologies. This minimally invasive surgical technology has provided excellent results for many of my patients. Learn more about Stryker for Total Knee Replacement by calling us at (713) 756-5546 or scheduling your appointment with a Houston orthopedic doctor online. Life after knee replacement can be rich and rewarding… learn more. Take the first steps toward a better life by setting up your appointment today!
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