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The Knee Pain Diaries

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What Is a Knee Replacement?

Knee arthritis treatment

A knee replacement is surgery to remove a damaged knee joint and replace it with an artificial joint. It can help restore pain-free range of motion and full function in a diseased knee joint.

The surgery can be a total knee replacement or a partial knee replacement. In a partial replacement, the surgeon only removes one side of the joint.

Knee replacement is a common but major surgery that has risks. You may have other treatment options depending on your condition. Consider getting a second opinion before having a knee replacement.

Medical Reviewers: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: May 1, 2016

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  1. Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacement. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00405
  2. Knee Surgery - surgical options. University Orthopedics, Brown University. http://www.universityorthopedics.com/what_hurts/knee_surgerical.html
  3. Total Knee Replacement. Amercian Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00389

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