A knee replacement can dramatically improve your quality of life by relieving pain and restoring function to your knee. Skilled orthopedic surgeon Jarrod R. Smith, MD, performs customized knee replacements with Visionaire® technology at Smith Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Ashland, Kentucky. For the most advanced techniques in knee replacement surgery, call the office to book an appointment.
Knee replacement, also called knee arthroplasty, is one of the most successful procedures in modern medicine. During knee replacement surgery, Dr. Smith removes damaged or diseased tissue from your knee joint and replaces it with an artificial joint (prosthesis).
Every year, more than 600,000 Americans receive knee replacements. There are many reasons you may consider knee replacement surgery, but arthritis of the knee is the most common.
Dr. Smith uses knee replacement surgery to treat several types of arthritis, including:
Arthritis of the knee can interfere with your ability to perform daily activities, like climbing stairs and moving around on your own. Over time, you may even feel knee pain during rest. If you continue to suffer from these symptoms despite nonsurgical treatments, like physical therapy, you may be a good candidate for knee replacement surgery.
First, Dr. Smith performs a comprehensive orthopedic evaluation to determine if knee replacement is right for you. This includes a review of your medical history, a physical exam, and tests, such as X-rays.
Then, he spends time discussing whether knee replacement is the best treatment for your particular condition. He explains the potential risks and benefits of the procedure so you can make an informed decision.
Before the procedure, Dr. Smith uses patient-specific instrumentation called Visionaire® to create a customized knee implant that fits your unique joint anatomy. This advanced technology allows Dr. Smith to pre-plan the entire operation. Benefits of Visionaire include:
Not only do these benefits mean a faster recovery time for you, but the custom fit and precise placement of the implant decreases your risk of implant failure.
Dr. Smith performs knee replacement surgery while you’re under general anesthesia. He uses your customized preoperative plan to remove the exact amount of tissue necessary and then places the knee implant in its precise location.
If you’re thinking about knee replacement surgery, call Smith Orthopedics & Sports Medicine to schedule an appointment.