Knee replacement surgery, known as knee arthroplasty, is performed on patients who have severe osteoarthritis and pain in one or both knees. If conservative treatment methods such as medication and physical therapy fail to relieve the patient's pain, it may be time to consider surgery.
Knee replacement surgery involves replacing the body's natural knee joint with artificial, high-quality materials. During knee replacement surgery, an orthopedic surgeon cuts away damaged bone and cartilage from the thighbone, shinbone and kneecap and replaces it with an artificial joint made of metal alloys, high-grade plastics and polymers. Improvements in the implant materials and implantation techniques have allowed for a greater degree of customization of the implants, making them a better fit and allowing more of the patient's own tissue to be retained. This can lead to shorter recovery times and higher patient satisfaction. In fact, Germany has one of the highest rates of patient satisfaction when it comes to knee replacement surgery.
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Knee replacement surgery, especially when performed on both knees at the same time (bilateral knee arthroplasty), is a complex procedure and very taxing on the patient. Because of this, it should only be done in the hands of an experienced surgeon.
Premier Healthcare Germany has several top German orthopedic specialists in our network. If indicated, we can get you an appointment with an experienced orthopedic surgeon who is an expert in knee replacement surgery.
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