Knee Replacement Articles

How Do I Know If I Need Knee Replacement Surgery?

How Do I Know If I Need Knee Replacement Surgery?

Mar 12, 2015

Knee replacement may be an option when nonsurgical interventions such as medication, physical therapy, and the use of a cane or other walking aid no longer help alleviate the pain. Other possible signs include aching in the joint, followed by periods of relative relief; pain after extensive use; loss of mobility; joint stiffness after periods of inactivity or rest; and/or pain that seems to increase in humid weather.

What Is Causing My Knee Pain?

What Is Causing My Knee Pain?

Mar 12, 2015

There are three bones in your knee joint. Your thighbone (femur) sits on top of your shinbone (tibia). When you bend or straighten your knee, the rounded end of your thighbone rolls and glides across the relatively flat upper surface of your shinbone. The third bone is often called the kneecap (patella), which is attached to the muscles, allowing you to straighten your knee. Your kneecap provides leverage and reduces strain on these muscles. 

Knee Pain Relief: Non-Surgical Treatments

Knee Pain Relief: Non-Surgical Treatments

Mar 12, 2015

When it comes to relieving knee pain, there are many different treatment options. Success varies not only by individual knee but also by what's causing your knee pain. Care for arthritis pain, for example, often involves a combination of treatments. Be sure to consult your doctor to discuss the best treatment plan for you.

How Do I Know If I Need Knee Replacement Surgery?

How Do I Know If I Need Knee Replacement Surgery?

Jun 14, 2015

That's a question you and your orthopedic surgeon will have to answer together. But when knee pain is so bad it actually interferes with the things you want or need to do, the time may be right.

What Are Zimmer Implants Made Of?

What Are Zimmer Implants Made Of?

Jun 14, 2015

As you'd expect, orthopedic implants are very "high tech." Their designs can be quite complex, and the materials used to make them, called biomaterials, are highly developed. Examples of biomaterials include titanium, cobalt-chrome, polyethylene, and Trabecular Metal™ Material.

About Zimmer Knee Products

Jun 14, 2015

Your orthopedic surgeon will choose which knee is best for you. Below are some of the more common Zimmer® products you may hear mentioned.

PSI

Jun 14, 2015

With Zimmer Patient Specific Instruments, surgeons use an MRI or CT scan to view a patient’s individual knee anatomy and develop a personalized plan. Customized guides are produced that conform to the patient and streamline the surgery. Surgeons have complete flexibility to make fine-tuning adjustments during the procedure, and the patients benefit from the clinical process of either a NexGen® Knee or Natural-Knee® Systems. Both of these knee systems are among the best performing knee systems in the industry.

What's Going To Happen After My Knee Surgery?

Jun 14, 2015

Rehab begins as soon as you're back in your hospital room. Your rehabilitation program will help you regain strength, balance, and range of movement in your knee. This program will be designed specifically for you and may include a machine called a "continuous passive motion" machine that gently straightens and bends your knee to help reduce stiffness. Other exercises that promote blood flow to your legs include ankle pumps and pedaling your feet.

What Is Causing My Knee Pain?

Jun 14, 2015

The knee is the largest joint in the body. A healthy knee moves easily, allowing you to walk, turn, and do many other activities without pain. A complex network of bones, cartilage, ligaments, muscles, and tendons work together to make a knee flexible. 

When Is Knee Surgery Not Appropriate?

Jun 14, 2015

Even though knee surgery may be an effective way to minimize or eliminate knee pain, your doctor may decide that knee replacement surgery is not appropriate for you. Some reasons could include:

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