Duke Orthopaedics offers total knee replacement, or total knee arthroplasty, to relieve knee pain and improve function in the knee joint.
Duke’s orthopaedic specialists are skilled at recognizing candidates for total knee replacement, including patients with the following conditions:
If we determine that total knee replacement is not ideal for a patient, we can recommend other treatment offerings including partial knee replacement.
In this kind of reconstructive surgery, the surgeon resurfaces the end of the thigh bone (femur) and the top of the lower leg bone with metal where the two bones come together to form the knee joint.
We leave the original ligaments, tendons, skin, muscle, and most of the bone and simply resurface the damaged cartilage in the knee with a metal liner.
The space in between those two metal surfaces is filled with a plastic spacer. When a patient walks after surgery, metal rubs against plastic instead of bone against bone, improving a patient's gait and relieving pain.
Duke Orthopaedics offers a variety of approaches to total knee replacement, including:
We also give patients access to a diverse choice of implant designs and advanced technology and materials to ensure the surgery is a success. Your surgeon will work with you to determine which method and materials will best suit your needs.
Following knee replacements, we offer physical and occupational rehabilitation to help patients return to normal activity quickly and safely.
At Duke, we believe that one total knee replacement operation should last the rest of a patient’s life in most cases and our outcome data shows that we are succeeding.
Over the past 20 years, our surgeons have seen greater than 90 percent survival of the original surgical implant. In those 20 years, we have see only seven failures out of 101 patients, and all seven of those patients have been successfully treated with only one additional surgery.
Our surgeons are subs-specialized to exclusively perform joint replacement procedures, and our breadth of experience, expertise, and technology allows us to take care of even the most technically challenging cases.
Call 888-ASK-DUKE (888-275-3853) to schedule an appointment with a Duke orthopaedic provider in Raleigh, Durham, or Cary, North Carolina.
Physicians offering total knee replacement surgery include:
Total knee replacement treatments are offered at locations throughout North Carolina, including: