Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee Replacement Surgery

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When painful, stiff knees don’t respond to conservative measures like physical therapy and medication, you need a more permanent solution. If you need a knee replacement, we offer a variety of options with demonstrated success.

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Knee Replacement Procedures

Our orthopaedic surgeons offer several options designed to relieve you of the painful symptoms associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or post-traumatic arthritis, and help you return to an active lifestyle.

Partial Knee Replacement

When knee arthritis affects only one section of your knee, you may be a candidate for a partial knee replacement, which resurfaces the worn part of the joint with a metal and plastic liner. Since we preserve more bone, you have better function and movement.

Total Knee Replacement

Removes damaged cartilage and resurfaces the end of the thigh bone and the top of the lower leg bone with metal where the two bones join together. During total knee replacement surgery, a plastic spacer is placed between the metal components to create a smooth gliding surface, which also alleviates pain and improves your gait.

Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement

This emerging approach uses shorter incisions -- typically only four to six inches long -- compared to the traditional eight to 10 inches. Early studies link this approach to shorter hospital stays, less blood loss, and a quicker return to normal activities. Minimally invasive knee replacement may be combined with computer-assisted techniques to improve results.

Computer-Assisted Knee Replacement

We helped develop GPS-like technology that's used during surgery to guide the placement of surgical instruments and increase precision placement of the artificial knee joint.

Patient-Specific Knee Replacement Surgery

Allows doctors to customize the knee replacement to your unique anatomy by making a 3-D model of the leg and hip. This is used to create an individualized procedure plan and a one-of-a-kind surgical guide for your operation.

Revision Knee Replacement

Many of the knee replacements we perform are revisions of unsuccessful surgeries done elsewhere. Our orthopaedic surgeons are committed to alleviating your pain and disability after a previous knee replacement surgery.

Duke Orthopaedic Clinics
Duke orthopaedic clinics are located in Durham, Raleigh, Cary, and throughout the Triangle. Find one near you.

Lasting Results for Knee Replacement Surgery

History of Success
During the past 25 years, our orthopaedic surgeons have seen greater than 90 percent success with the original artificial knee we implanted. About a third of our knee replacements are done to correct surgeries performed elsewhere.  We offer you the best care possible, including less risk of complications and a decreased likelihood of needing additional surgery in the future.

Experienced, Specialized Team
Our board-certified surgeons are fellowship-trained, meaning they have undergone additional years of specialized training. As a team, they perform hundreds of knee replacement surgeries each year. Many of our orthopaedic surgeons perform joint replacement procedures exclusively. This helps them manage both routine and complicated replacements effectively.

Before- and After-Surgery Care
Our Joint Health Program can help you prepare your body for surgery so you have the best chance for a good outcome. After surgery, physical therapy can help you regain your ability to move and enjoy activities of daily living.

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Convenient, Knee-Specific Physical Therapy
Our in-house physical therapists specialize in knee replacement and conduct your therapy sessions in the same place as your clinic visits.

Better, Longer-Lasting Joint Replacements
As leaders in the field of orthopaedic and joint replacement research, our joint replacement surgeons constantly test and develop promising new procedures and artificial joints. Our goal is to make joint replacements work better and last longer. 

Shorter Hospital Stays, Faster Recovery 
Our knee replacement surgeons were early adopters of important new technologies like patient-specific, computer-assisted, and minimally invasive knee replacements. These techniques, and the expert care provided by our regional anesthesiologists, pain specialists, specially trained nurses, and physical therapists, combine to help shorten your hospital stay and hasten your recovery.

Duke University Hospital is nationally ranked in 10 adult specialties
Best Orthopaedic Hospital in North Carolina
Where you receive your care matters. Duke University Hospital’s nationally ranked orthopaedics program was named best in North Carolina by U.S. News & World Report for 2019–2020.
Reviewed: 12/17/2017