Knee injuries are incredibly common. Unfortunately, reoccurring injuries of the knee or damaging arthritis often leads to knee replacement. If you are having problems completing normal daily activities like walking, climbing stairs, or routine exercise and have exhausted other treatment options, you may be a good candidate for knee replacement. This type of surgery is incredibly effective at relieving knee pain and restoring full use of the knee. Dr. Miguel Ramirez is an experienced and skilled surgeon with top-tier medical training. If you would like more information about whether you could benefit from knee replacement in Peoria, IL, contact (309) 676-5546 today!
Who Needs a Knee Replacement?
When you are experiencing severe chronic knee pain, you may be looking for both a cause and a solution. The need for knee replacement is often caused by a deterioration of the cartilage that cushions the joint and prevents pain and inflammation. When this cartilage begins to wear away, you experience the painful grinding of the bones. The cause is almost always a type of arthritis. The most common types of arthritis that attack the knees are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis. If you believe you may have one of these conditions, you need to speak to Dr. Miguel Ramirez and his team of medical professionals.
What Is Involved for Knee Replacement in Peoria, IL?
While the process may differ from patient to patient, there is a typical order in which the surgery is performed. First, the bone is prepared by removing damaged cartilage and bone. Next, the metal implants are installed and positioned to mimic a new joint surface. The kneecap is then cut and reshaped using a soft plastic polymer. Lastly, a polymer spacer is placed between the joint to serve as a new smooth cartilage surface. This will provide the patient with pain-free movement in the knee.