Your orthopaedic surgeon will evaluate your situation carefully if you are experiencing pain or poor range of motion as a result of a diseased, damaged or deformed knee. Your surgeon will carefully make decision regarding which implant is most appropriate for you and may determine that total knee replacement is the best method of treatment when other non-surgical treatments are ineffective.
A diseased knee is when one or more parts of the knee are damaged, and movement becomes stiff. Overtime, the cartilage surrounding the bone will start to crack or wear way, causing the bones in the joint to rub together. When the cartilage continues to wear away, the joint becomes increasingly painful and difficult to move.
There are many reasons your knee may become damaged or diseased, including but not limited to:
- Non-inflammatory arthritis such as osteoarthritis or avascular necrosis
- Inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis or
- Functional deformities
In these cases, Signature Orthopaedics knee replacement implants can be employed to replace the damaged bone and cartilage in a Total Knee Replacement (TKR).