or injury can cause severe knee damage leading to pain that can make it
hard to perform simple daily activities, such as walking or climbing
stairs. Knee replacement surgery can help relieve pain and allow you to
be more active.
Over the years, knee replacement designs have evolved to increase the
range of motion and accommodate younger, more active adults. Today’s
joints closely mimic normal knee motion.
An orthopedic surgeon may recommend a total knee replacement or partial knee replacement. During a total knee replacement, the surgeon removes damaged cartilage and bone from the knee joint and
replaces it with a man-made surface, such as metal or plastic, to
provide a smooth and painless range of motion. In a partial knee replacement, also known as a uni-compartmental knee replacement, only one side of the knee joint is replaced.
Saint Thomas Health has a
long tradition in knee replacement surgery. Dr. Ben Fowler, an
orthopedic surgeon at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, was a pioneer in
total joint replacement surgery and in 1971 developed the “Fowler
knee,” which was used for approximately 20 years. Today surgeons at Saint Thomas Health continue to be involved in new technology and protocols
for knee replacement.
To better understand surgical treatment options for the knee, call 615.284.BONE (2663).