Knee problems are a common sign of aging, and the number of knee replacement
surgeries is increasing. Last year, about 700,000 knee replacements were
performed in the U.S. For most patients, the cause is osteoarthritis,
often called “wear and tear arthritis.”
As we get older, the natural cushioning between joints --- cartilage ---
wears away, causing the bones of the joints to rub against one another.
This repeated rubbing results in pain, swelling, stiffness, and decreased
mobility. Some of the factors that contribute to osteoarthritis are age,
obesity, heredity and repetitive stress injuries. And you are at higher
risk of developing osteoarthritis if your job or sports activities include
repeated stress on the knees, such as bending, climbing, squatting or running.
In its early stages, physicians usually prescribe nonsurgical treatments
for osteoarthritis, such as physical therapy, cortisone injections, ice
and heat applications, and anti-inflammatory medications. But many patients
eventually require partial or total knee replacement surgery.
Fortunately, knee replacement surgery is one of the most common and successful
of all orthopedic procedures. It involves removing damaged bone and cartilage
and replacing it with an artificial joint. Advances in technology, such as
Mako’s Robotic-Arm Assisted procedure, provide increased precision and control, minimal scarring, and faster
Talk to your physician to find out if knee replacement surgery is right
for you. And if you want to learn more about Mako technology,
click here or call (225) 763-4298.
Niels J. Linschoten, MD
Baton Rouge Orthopedic Clinic
Phone: (225) 478-8722