Chronic knee pain and stiffness is a debilitating condition that can limit your ability to be present in your own life. Like anything subject to repetitive motion, knees can wear out over time causing severe amounts of pain and limiting your range of motion. Often the pain in your knees will be caused by a form of arthritis. Arthritis is a medical term which refers to chronic inflammation and pain in the knee and other joints of the body.
Osteoarthritis of the knee is a form of arthritis which causes the cartilage and bone to wear away within the knee joint due to repetitive motion. The cartilage inside your knee joint serves as a cushion, absorbing the shock from impact and protecting the bones of the joint from coming into contact with one another. The cartilage also provides stability to the joint, ensuring each section remains in its proper place. As the cartilage deteriorates, the joint becomes inflamed, causing pain, swelling, and stiffness in the knee joint. Once this deterioration occurs, your range of motion diminishes, affecting quality of life.
Osteoarthritis is a very common condition that affects nearly 30 percent of the population. Prior to reaching age 50, men and women are equally affected by osteoarthritis. After the age of 50, more women are affected by the condition than men.
There are different types of arthritis that may qualify a patient as a candidate for partial knee replacement surgery. Medial or lateral knee osteoarthritis are conditions that may be treatable through a partial knee replacement. Medial osteoarthritis refers to inflammation and pain that is located inside the knee joint that is nearest the opposite knee. Lateral osteoarthritis refers to inflammation and damage that is found inside the compartment of the knee joint that is furthest from the opposite knee joint. Typically, most damage due to osteoarthritis of the knee is medial.
Partial knee replacement surgery is suitable in patients who only have damage from arthritis in part of the affected knee joint. This type of knee replacement surgery preserves the healthy portions of the knee, allowing for greater range of motion and function following surgery.
During partial knee replacement surgery, the damaged portion of the knee joint will be resurfaced and replaced with synthetic components. Since partial knee replacement surgery is performed using smaller incisions than with a full knee replacement, patients experience less downtime and may return to their daily activities much sooner than with a full replacement surgery.
Additionally, since more natural parts of the knee are kept during partial knee replacement surgery, patients report a more organic feeling of motion in the knee joint post-surgery than those who have received a full knee replacement.
With traditional knee replacement surgery, most patients are able to resume driving within 4-6 weeks of surgery. This is largely dependent upon the return of your reflexes which will enable braking and driving motions, as well as your ability to sit in a car seat for extended periods of time.
With partial knee replacement surgery, you are encouraged to begin moving the knee joint the same day surgery is performed. Complete function and range of motion in the knee should return much more rapidly than with patients who receive full replacement surgery, and you should be able to resume use of the knee with less pain than those who experience a full knee replacement.
You should be able to resume your full daily schedule 6 to 8 weeks following partial knee replacement surgery. High impact activities such as running or jogging may not be advisable given the synthetic components of your new knee joint, however, activities such as skiing, tennis, and other athletic activities are often perfectly acceptable.
Traditional surgical options for partial knee replacement surgery often include painful recovery, extended hospital stays, and lengthy physical therapy regimens. The Nanoknee System is a revolutionary, state-of-the-art system that allows you to have partial knee replacement surgery without the pain and downtime associated with traditional surgeries.
Using the Nanoknee system, many patients experience shorter surgeries and are able to walk out of the surgical center, return home, and resume their normal lives. Our digital rehabilitation program allows patients to complete assigned exercises in the comfort of your own home using a tablet and a Fitbit activity tracker.
At the end of each day, you can Skype with your physician, allowing you the ability to discuss your progress, ask any questions, and modify your therapy program as necessary in the most convenient way possible. Our detailed reporting systems allow our orthopedic surgeons the ability to virtually track your progress and contact you to discuss it if necessary.
The cutting-edge Nanoknee system is a superior alternative to traditional partial knee replacement surgery to relieve your chronic knee pain. Our goal is to give you the ability to resume your life as quickly and painlessly as possible. Let us help you find the easiest path to your own personal recovery, giving you the ability to reclaim your life and mobility.
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