A knee replacement is also known as arthroplasty. It is a surgical procedure to replace damaged or injured surfaces of the knee joint. Arthroplasty procedures may be a partial or total knee replacement.
The knee is a hinge joint, providing motion where the thigh meets the lower leg. During a knee replacement, the end of the femur bone is removed and replaced with metal. The end of the tibia (the lower bone) is also removed and replaced with a plastic prosthesis.
Those with chronic arthritic conditions may have more severe deformities, which can carry higher risks and complications for surgery. Trauma injuries can also be a more extensive surgery. However, regardless of the source of injury, if a knee replacement is indicated, then it can be performed by your local knee replacement doctor in Brooksville.
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