Knee Replacement Surgery for Patients in the DeKalb, IL, Area
A knee replacement can be a major step toward finding relief from chronic knee pain and reclaiming an active lifestyle in the DeKalb, IL, area. At Midwest Orthopaedic Institute, we understand that the prospect of joint replacement surgery can be intimidating, and we help our patients feel confident in their treatment choices. All of our physicians are experienced subspecialists in their respective fields. This means that when you consult with a physician at MOI about knee replacement, you will receive care from a surgeon who has extensive experience and specializes in treating knee conditions.
After discussing your symptoms, medical history, and response to conservative treatments, you and your orthopaedic surgeon at MOI can determine if you are a good candidate for knee replacement surgery. During your consultation at one of our offices in the DeKalb, Illinois, area, your surgeon will explain the procedure in detail and answer any questions you may have. In general, a knee replacement procedure typically involves four main steps:
- Preparation of the joint – The surgeon will remove the damaged cartilage surfaces at the ends of the thigh bone (femur) and shin bone (tibia), along with some underlying bony tissue.
- Positioning of the implants – The surgeon will replace the cartilage and bone that were removed with metal components to create a new joint surface.
- Resurfacing of the kneecap (patella) – The surgeon may resurface the patella with a plastic button (this step is not necessary in every case).
- Insertion of a spacer – The surgeon will place a medical-grade plastic spacer between the metal components to create a smooth gliding surface.
Over the years, significant improvements in surgical techniques, instruments, and implants have continually increased the effectiveness of knee replacement surgery, and today it is one of the most successful procedures performed. At MOI, we customize each knee replacement procedure to meet the specific needs of the patient, which can potentially improve both implant fit and limb alignment and lead to a better outcome.
Knee replacement surgery can be a reliable solution for treating the debilitating pain and reduced mobility associated with arthritis and other conditions affecting the knee. To learn more about treatment options, including both conservative and surgical measures, prospective patients in the DeKalb, IL, area can contact Midwest Orthopaedic Institute to schedule a consultation.