If your knee joint becomes painful and stiff due to severe osteoarthritis, you may be a candidate for a custom knee replacement. In this procedure, an orthopedic surgeon replaces all or part of your knee joint with mechanical parts.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals has a team of highly skilled orthopedists and orthopedic surgeons who provide expert custom knee replacement in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV. Our Siena Campus earned a Joint Commission Certification for our knee replacement program. Find an orthopedic surgeon or call (702) 616-4900 to learn more about our options for knee surgery.
The three main types of knee replacement are:
- Total knee replacement, also called total knee arthroplasty
- Partial knee replacement, also called unicompartmental knee replacement or arthroplasty
- Kinematically aligned knee replacement, which will make sure your artificial knee tilts at the same angle as your natural joint.
In all types of knee replacement surgery, an orthopedic surgeon removes damaged cartilage and bone and replaces them with artificial parts, or implants. This is called a prosthetic knee.
Do I Need Custom Knee Replacement?
Custom knee replacement restores the function of a diseased joint. With a prosthetic knee, you’ll be able to move your knee without pain.
Your orthopedist at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican may recommend custom knee replacement for:
- Severe knee pain and stiffness due to arthritis
- Knee movement or stability issues that require you to use a cane or walker to get around
- Knee trouble that prevents you from performing normal activities
What to Expect from Custom Knee Replacement Surgery in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV
Your orthopedist will provide in-depth pre-op education so you know what to expect before, during, and after custom knee replacement.
Your surgeon will make an incision in the knee to remove the diseased joint tissue and insert the prosthetic parts. After the procedure, you will spend some time in a recovery area before being moved to a room on the orthopedic floor.
Your care team will help you out of bed and get you moving around within hours of your surgery. They will probably schedule physical therapy sessions before you leave the hospital.
Custom Knee Replacement Recovery
The orthopedic surgical team will review your pain medication, physical therapy plan, and follow-up appointments before you go home from the hospital. Physical therapy will help your prosthetic knee heal and function properly.
Tell someone on your care team if you experience unusual symptoms, including fever, coolness or bluish color in the toes of the affected leg, or difficulty breathing.
To reduce the risk of blood clots forming in your legs, you may need to wear compression stockings and take anticoagulant (blood thinning) medication for a while.
Most people have successful outcomes and enjoy an active lifestyle after custom knee replacement. It can relieve your pain and restore your mobility, allowing you to do things you may have given up due to your knee problems.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals offers advanced custom knee replacement surgery in the Greater Las Vegas and Henderson area.