Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that can affect more than just your joints. The autoimmune disorder occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body’s tissues. Unlike Osteoarthritis, RA affects the lining of the joint which cause painful swelling that eventually results in bone erosion and joint deformity.
Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis include tender, warm, or swollen joints. Joint stiffness that is usually worse in the morning and after activity.
Common risk factors for RA; age- commonly occur between the ages of 40-60, family history, and weight. There is no cure for RA. Many people who suffer from the disease have tried multiple types of treatments ranging from pain medications, anti-inflammatory, physical therapy, and other pharmaceutical trials.
To date, the exact cause of RA remains unknown, but it is recognized to be an autoimmune disorder. The disease causes the body’s natural immune system to begin attacking healthy cells and tissue, damaging the skeletal system, including the knees. While there is much ongoing research into RA, a final determination about why some people develop the condition has not yet been reached. There is some evidence that heredity plays a role.
The symptoms of RA include pain in the joints of the body, and the knee joint is commonly affected. The inflammation often appears on both knees, and can advance slowly with time, or start suddenly with no warning. As the body’s immune system attacks the synovium, the lining of the joint membrane, this leads to swelling, the buildup of fluid, and the eventual erosion of the cartilage between the bones.
The symptoms of RA include:
There is currently no known cure for RA. Many people who suffer from the disease have tried many types of treatment and may have moved through using pain medication, physical therapy, taking anti-inflammatory medications, anti-rheumatic drugs, or trying advanced pharmaceuticals called biologic response modifiers – all to no avail.
If you have tried all the current treatment options and are still suffering from pain caused by knee arthritis in Los Angeles, the Nanoknee procedure could finally bring you relief. This less invasive surgery helps to correct knee joint deformity that is impacting your quality of life and mobility. Imagine being able to walk and enjoy life as you did prior to developing RA in the knees – along with a fast recovery. Find out more about the Nanoknee full knee replacement or partial knee replacement surgery.
For patients suffering from RA, the Nanoknee system offers significant benefits, including:
We offer the Nanoknee treatment at our clinics in Los Angeles, Bakersfield, and Pismo Beach for your convenience. If you want to find out more and discover whether you are a candidate for this state-of-the-art, fast-track recovery knee surgery, we urge you to contact us by phone or use our online form. If you have MRI or CT scan results, our surgical team can review these tests at no cost. We invite you to discover a less invasive, fast-track recovery knee surgery. We are here to help you restore your quality of life – without a long and painful recovery.
For patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis who have lost mobility due to joint failure, knee replacement surgery is often necessary. Total knee replacement is a complex, four-step surgical procedure involving removing the damaged area and replacing it with an implant, between which a plastic spacer is placed to create smooth motion in the joint.
The problem with traditional knee replacement surgery is often the fit the surgeon accomplishes, as every patient is unique – there is no one-size-fits-all when placing an implant. Decisions are typically made by surgeons once the knee joint is opened, accessed, and evaluated. A poorly-placed or misaligned implant will fail, if not early after surgery, within a short time. Patients who have had this problem can only resolve it through undergoing revision surgery, removing the failed implant, re-preparing the bone, and then placing a new implant.
In the Nanoknee surgical method, the process starts by creating an accurate, 3D model of the patient’s knee joint to carefully plan surgery. The ability to determine size and orientation of the implants prior to surgery to make it possible to create the most natural motion and feel in the knee joint. The Nanoknee system involves a minimally invasive surgical technique causing less trauma for a faster recovery.
At Nanoknee, patients have a different experience. In traditional knee replacement surgery, the patient has an extended rehabilitation program, and patients will use crutches, a walker, or cane during recovery. With the revolutionary Nanoknee process, the knee is fully weight-bearing after surgery. Once surgery is complete, the patient is able to use the knee, and rehabilitation takes place at home with simple, easy exercises for the majority of patients.
Minimally invasive knee surgery in Los Angeles.