Knee Replacement Surgery Options

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Dr. Henry J. Blum is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, providing expert care from his Sugar Land and Bellaire, TX practices. In over 25 years of practice, he has helped thousands of grateful patients to regain their mobility, reduce their pain and he improved their quality of life through surgical and non-surgical treatment.
One common cause of adult knee pain is osteoarthritis, which is a degenerative type of joint disease that causes breakdown and loss of cartilage in the joint. Some people may experience other types of knee pain, caused by rheumatoid arthritis, trauma arthritis or sports injuries. There are treatment options available, both non-surgical and surgical all of these conditions.
Dr. Blum will always consider non-surgical treatment options first for his patients These include injections in the knee, anti-inflammatory medications and lifestyle changes. These are helpful in pain reduction and better mobility. If your knee issues become more painful, these methods may no longer be effective, and you may need knee replacement surgery, also called knee arthroplasty.

Knee Replacement Surgery

If osteoarthritis becomes so severe that non-surgical treatments are no longer effective, you may require knee replacement surgery, also called knee arthroplasty. The most commonly used options are total knee replacement (also called ‘TKR’ or total knee arthroplasty), and partial knee replacement, (also known as partial knee arthroplasty or partial knee resurfacing). Only an experienced, skilled orthopedic surgeon like Dr. Blum can tell if you do require knee surgery, and what type will best suit you.

Partial Knee Replacement (Knee Resurfacing)

There are three compartments in the knee, and a partial knee replacement only addresses the compartments that are impacted. There are benefits to having only a partial knee replacement as opposed to a total knee replacement, such as shorter surgery and recovery times. Following surgery, you may be ready to work again in two or three weeks.

Total Knee Replacement

If your osteoarthritis or other knee problem is so severe that partial knee replacement will not help you, then total knee surgery might be needed. In a knee replacement of this type, all compartments of your affected knee will be replaced. Because the procedure is more invasive than partial knee replacement, recovery time can be longer as well; you may be able to return to work in three to four weeks.
Dr. Blum and his dedicated staff are always committed to providing individualized treatment for each patient. All staff members have the skills and training required to develop a personal treatment plan for patients. Contact us today to make an appointment.