Orthopedics at NCH

Total Knee Replacement



Total Knee Replacement Program

Our Total Knee Replacement Program is designed to get patients home and back on their feet. Experienced, board-certified surgeons, orthopedic-trained nurses and therapists take advantage of the latest technologies and advanced pain management techniques.

Using a customized approach to care, NCH gets patients back to their lives as quickly as possible with a comprehensive outpatient surgery program:

  • Pre-operative preparation for surgery, including a joint replacement class and a one-on-one assessment and education visit with a nurse
  • A Joint Replacement Guide and Joint Replacement Patient Checklist, pre-admission screening and registration
  • Discussions with staff members as to how to equip your home with all the necessary medical equipment for post-surgery recovery
  • Assistance in selecting a home healthcare provider and physical therapist to come to your home
  • Dedicated case managers and nurses who track your progress and work with you, your family and your medical team to plan for each stage of your recovery

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MAKOplasty

MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing is a minimally-invasive procedure that can be successful in treating patients suffering with painful early to mid-stage osteoarthritis (OA). By selectively targeting the damaged part of the knee, surgeons can resurface the knee while sparing healthy bone and ligaments. In many cases, patients can walk soon after surgery, drive a car within two weeks and return to normal daily activities shortly thereafter.

Candidates for MAKOplasty typically experience the following symptoms:

  • Knee pain with activity, usually on the inner knee, under the kneecap or the outer knee
  • Start-up knee pain or stiffness when activities are initiated from a sitting position
  • Failure to respond to non-surgical treatments or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication
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Less invasive

MAKOplasty is performed through a four- to six-inch incision over the knee with small incisions in both the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin). During the procedure, the diseased portion of the knee is resurfaced, sparing the patient’s healthy bone and surrounding tissue. An implant is then secured in the joint to allow the knee to move smoothly again. Since healthy bone is preserved, patients may still be candidates for a total knee replacement procedure later in life if necessary.

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Benefits

  • Precisely resurfaces only the arthritic portion of the knee while preserving healthy tissue and bone
  • Implant positioning results in a more natural feeling knee following surgery
  • Typically, more rapid recovery and shorter hospital stay than traditional total knee replacement surgery
  • Improved surgical outcomes – less implant wear and loosening
  • Smaller incision – less scarring and reduced blood loss
  • Can be performed on an outpatient basis
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Diagnosing Conditions of the Knee

At Northwest Community Healthcare, we utilize the latest diagnostic tests and technologies to determine the source of your pain and discomfort and create a treatment recommendation specific to your condition.

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Early Alternatives to Knee Replacement Surgery

Before knee replacement surgery, your surgeon will work with you to identify the best conservative treatment options to address your knee pain and improve your quality of life.

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