Help for Aching Joints: innovations in knee surgery

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The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons reports that more than 600,000 total knee replacements are performed each year in the United States. Recently, partial knee replacement surgery has distinguished itself as the less-invasive alternative treatment for arthritis patients, instead of total knee replacement. Partial knee replacements can take a crooked knee and make it straight, and in the process, correct the malalignment of the knee and often stop the arthritis from progressing.

Partial knee replacements are a good option for patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. Orthopedic surgeons may recommend partial knee replacement if the arthritis is confined to a single part (compartment) of the knee and have had no success with nonsurgical treatments such as anti-inflammatories, injections, bracing, and exercises. In a partial knee replacement, you keep all your normal ligaments, which means the mechanics of the knee remain the same, which commonly results in a nearly normal range of motion.

With the advancements in the field of joint replacement surgery, patients are now experiencing shorter hospital stays (often just an overnight stay), quicker return to normal routines lower risk of infection and blood cots compared to total knee replacement. Modern partial knee replacements are lasting just as long as total knee replacements, if not longer. In fact, some of the companies are offering a “lifetime guarantee” on the parts, meaning if the parts go bad they will replace them at no cost to the patient.

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.

Physician Background:

Dr. Joshua Landau is an orthopedic surgeon at Murphy Wainer Orthopedic Specialists and a member of the Cone Health medical staff. Dr. Landau received a Bachelor of Arts in human biodynamics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1998. He is a 2002 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the San Francisco Orthopaedic Residency Training Program in 2007, and completed the San Diego Arthroscopy & Sports Medicine Fellowship in 2008.