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Archive for July 26th, 2011

knee-replacement

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Knee arthroplasty or knee replacement surgery replaces the anatomy of an osteoarthritic knee with prosthetic components.  Generally the weight-beaing surfaces of the joint are replaced to relieve pain and improve function.

Knee replacements can be partial or total.  The surgeries are major, requiring intense physical rehabilitation and considerable post-operative pain.  Recovery time can take weeks and the use of a cane or crutches is usually required.

The results are usually impressive.  A person who suffers for years with osteoarthritis in many instances will be able to walk pain-free and enjoy a full range-of-motion.