House Call: Knee Replacements
According to a recent article published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, between 1991 and 2010, annual total knee replacement surgery volume increased 161.5 percent, from 93,230 to 243,802 surgeries a year in the United States.
In Greensboro, more than 1,200 knee replacement surgeries are performed each year.
The steady increase in these surgeries has been linked to several different factors such as the obesity epidemic, our aging population and increased involvement in competitive sports at younger ages.
Fortunately, advancements in total knee replacement surgery have come a long way in the past twenty years. Many orthopedic surgeons in the community are now using advanced technologies, such as computer assisted total knee replacement procedures. This allows them to measure individual joint alignments to position the replacement with exact precision.
The procedure has shown tremendous successful outcomes, granting knee replacement patients with significantly longer, improved quality of life. With the advancements in the field of joint replacement surgery, patients are now experiencing shorter hospital stays, quicker return to normal routines and significantly improved quality of life.
Individuals who are suffering from debilitating joint disease should discuss treatment options thoroughly with their doctor. Cone Health Orthopedic Center of Excellence has an exceptional network of highly-trained orthopedic specialists and related healthcare professionals who are dedicated to treating patients with joint disease throughout the community, and have performed thousands of successful total knee replacement surgeries.
Dr. John Graves is an orthopedic surgeon at Guilford Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center and a member of the Cone Health Medical Staff. Dr. Graves is the current president of Southeastern Orthopaedic Specialists. He is a 1988 graduate of University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Graves completed his residency in orthopaedics at University of Virginia, and has received additional training in computer-assisted knee surgery.