When is a Total Knee Replacement Necessary?
Usually, when your knee degeneration has advanced to such a point that it is affecting your lifestyle, we recommend that you consider having a knee replacement if you are older than 50 or even younger in certain cases.
The outcome of a Total Knee Replacement
A Total Knee Replacement or Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) is a very common procedure and has been modified through the years to give excellent results. Following a Total Knee Replacement, a patient is able to walk long distances usually without pain or discomfort. Patients often return to social sports after TKA.
Should I have a Total or Partial Knee Replacement?
There are very specific criteria for partial or Uni-compartemental knee replacements. If you fulfil those criteria, it is much better to have a uni-compartemental knee replacement as there are less complications, shorter recovery and they tend to do better
Dr. Endenburg's Technique
For Total Knee Arthroplasty I use a technique known as "Visionaire". This requires the patient to have specific x-rays and a limited MRI scan. These scans are then sent to the USA where Smith & Nephew - the supplying company, has engineers that analyse the shape and size of the knee you require. They then manufacture special cutting blocks to match your exact knee. This is like having a computer decide what is best and then we can adjust it according to what we see when we operate.
This technique allows us to work faster and more precisely when operating, reducing your operating theatre time and anaesthetic time. We spend much less time "making the knee fit" and therfore there is greater mobility and less pain post-op.
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