Knee Replacement Surgery
Knee replacement surgery has become a popular option for patients dealing with knee pain from arthritis, natural aging and other joint problems. MedStar Union Memorial is the number one hospital in Maryland for total joint replacements; last year our surgeons performed close to 600 knee replacement surgeries. Learn more about total joint replacement at MedStar Union Memorial.
At MedStar Union Memorial, our knee replacement surgeons will discuss all possible surgical options, including the following three knee replacement surgeries:
- Minimally invasive knee replacement
- Revision knee replacement
- Partial knee replacement
Minimally invasive knee replacements
The reason minimally invasive knee replacements are so popular is because of the tremendous benefits they offer, including:
- Smaller incision
- Reduced blood loss
- Less trauma to muscles, tendons, and ligaments
- Same replacement parts as traditional surgery
- Shorter hospital stays; 1 to 2 days rather than 3 to 5 days for standard surgery
- Faster, less painful rehabilitation
- Better range of motion
- Shorter recovery time; people with office jobs can return to work in as little as two weeks
What does my doctor need to know to decide if I'm a good candidate for knee replacement surgery?
Your doctor will evaluate a number of different factors, including your medical history, weight, health status and bone structure. Not everyone is a candidate for the minimally invasive option. Factors that may rule out some patients include extreme obesity, a recent blood clot, an unstable medical condition or a previous knee replacement on the same knee. Your surgeon will discuss all possible options, and together you will make a decision that is right for you and your medical situation.
Call 1-877-34-ORTHO (1-877-346-7846) for a referral to one of our doctors, or request an appointment.