Knee Osteoarthritis Surgery
Arthritis is a musculoskeletal disorder affecting millions of Americans in a number of different forms. Arthritis can be a degenerative condition of the bones, such as osteoarthritis, or “wear-and-tear arthritis,” as well as an autoimmune disorder, like rheumatoid arthritis. In almost all cases, arthritis causes pain, discomfort, joint inflammation, and immobility. Arthritis can significantly affect a patient’s quality of life, and often keeps sufferers from enjoying routine activities, such as gardening, walking the dog, and even sleeping.
Treatment options vary, and can include both non-invasive solutions as well as surgical intervention. Regardless of the patient, Dr. Haar stresses effective, safe treatment while ensuring the patient is comfortable with decisions regarding treatment.
When surgical intervention for arthritis treatment is required, Dr. Haar favors minimally invasive surgical treatment methods. Orthopedic doctors have performed traditional open surgery with great success since the 1960’s; however in more recent years, surgical innovations like partial knee replacement have afforded for a number of advancements and benefits beyond open surgery. These potential benefits include a shorter post-operative recovery time, reduced scarring, less blood loss, and a quicker recovery to get the patient back to previous levels of activity.
The knee joint is the largest joint in the body, and is commonly affected by arthritis. Because the knees carry a significant amount of body weight during everyday activities, the joint commonly develops degenerative osteoarthritis in older patients, as well as in overweight individuals. Osteoarthritis of the knee can cause pain and tenderness when walking or articulating the joint, as well as immobility and a limited range of motion.
Depending on the severity of the arthritic condition, surgical treatments for knee arthritis include both total knee replacement and partial knee replacement.
Total Knee Replacement vs. Partial Knee Replacement
Total knee replacement is an effective solution for osteoarthritis of the knee, and has been performed with great success in the United States since the 1960's. While total knee replacement surgery features a post-operative recovery period, the results are often life altering, and can allow patients to return to previous levels of activity and pursue active lifestyles.
Partial Knee Replacement: A Solution for Osteoarthritis
Younger patients, whose arthritis is limited to a single compartment in the knee, may be eligible for partial knee replacement. This procedure is minimally invasive, can be performed on an outpatient basis, and maintains more of the original bone, giving the patient a more natural feeling implant.
Orthopedic Excellence in Manhattan, New York City
Dr. Robert Haar is one of New York City’s most trusted orthopedic physicians, and has years of experience performing both traditional, total knee replacement, as well as minimally invasive partial knee replacement. Dr. Haar’s office, located on the Upper East Side, features an in-office, fully accredited ambulatory facility. This facility allows Dr. Haar to perform partial knee replacement and many sports medicine procedures in-house, allowing the patient return to his or her maximum level of activity in a shorter amount of time with the greatest amount of convenience.