What Is Knee Replacement Surgery?
Knee replacement surgery (also known as knee arthroplasty) is used to alleviate knee pain caused by arthritis, trauma, and overuse injuries. The procedure involves replacing all or part of the damaged knee joint with a prosthetic joint typically made of plastic, metal, or ceramic. Once healed, the new joint will glide smoothly during movement — restoring function to the leg and quality of life to the patient.
Knee Replacements at Atlantic Orthopaedics
The knee joint supports your every step, and we support you. At Atlantic Orthopaedics, we provide knee replacement surgery and robotic-assisted partial and total knee replacement surgery to patients from all walks of life. Whether you are living with knee pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or cartilage degeneration related to trauma or repetitive strain — we can help.
Come see us if you’re experiencing persistent symptoms of stiffness, swelling, muscle weakness, limited range of motion, or any other form of chronic pain in the knee that worsens with activity. Our providers will diagnose your knee pain and work closely with you to develop a treatment and recovery plan that best serves your needs, lifestyle, and near- and long-term goals.
Knee Replacements Offered
We have decades of experience delivering successful outcomes and are proud pioneers in the cutting-edge field of surgical robotics. This allows us to offer patients both a traditional approach to knee replacement surgery as well as innovative, minimally invasive options that tend to lead to shorter hospital stays, faster recovery times, and less scarring.
- Total Knee Replacement (traditional approach)
- Partial Knee Replacement (traditional approach)
- Robotic-Assisted* Total Knee replacement (using MAKO)
- Robotic-Assisted* Partial Knee Replacement / Resurfacing (using MAKO)
- Robotic-Assisted* Muscle-Sparing Total Knee Replacement (using MAKO)
- Knee Replacement REVISION Surgery (extend the life of your implant)
We perform all of our surgeries at either Portsmouth Regional Hospital or York Hospital. Starting in Spring 2021, we also will offer select procedures at our brand new ambulatory surgical center located on-site at our clinical offices in Portsmouth, NH.
*What Is Robotic-Assisted Surgery?
Learn more about Robotic-Assisted Surgery and how we use the MAKO Arm technology. Click here.
Knee Replacement Surgery Candidates
While knee replacement surgery is most common for patients 50+ years of age who are living with diseases, degenerative conditions, or severe injuries that impact normal knee function and quality of life, there is in fact no age minimum/maximum or set of hard and fast rules that alone define who is/is not a candidate for knee replacement surgery. That’s why surgical screening must be conducted on a case-by-case basis.
At Atlantic Orthopaedics, our surgical screening process starts with a full clinical evaluation of your knee pain, health history, family health history, and lifestyle. Our doctors use this information and information gathered from any advanced imaging that is ordered – like x-ray, EMG, ultrasound, MRI, CT Scan – to determine a diagnosis and recommended treatment plan. In most cases, we will always try to treat your knee pain without surgical intervention first and knee replacement surgery will only be advised if you have not, or it is determined you will not, respond to other preventative options like rest, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, or injections.
No matter your case, you can be assured our teams will work openly and diligently with you, your PCP, other healthcare professionals or services, and your family or loves ones to clearly explain the benefits, risks, and recovery outlook related to the treatment option we may recommend.
Knee Replacement Consultations
Is knee replacement surgery right for you? Reach out to schedule a consultation to discuss your knee pain. Our teams are here to help you determine if surgery is the best path forward or if another treatment option is advised.
More Info | Knee Replacement Surgery
Learn about the common conditions and injuries treated by knee replacement surgery, how to prepare for your knee replacement surgery, what your recovery time might be, and why post-operative care is critical to protecting and extending the life of your knee replacement implant or prosthetic.
Our general orthopedists and board-certified knee surgeons are able to evaluate people of all ages, abilities, and activity levels to understand their knee pain. Below are examples of symptoms, conditions, and injuries that we often find may be treated by knee replacement surgery.
Loss of motion in the knee
Swelling around the knee
Tenderness around the knee
Popping/snapping sounds/sensations in the knee
Feeling your knee “give out”
Walking with a limp
Diseases / Conditions
Osteoporosis affecting the knee
Cartilage deterioration or softening (Chondromalacia)
Repetitive knee strains
Repetitive knee dislocations
Repetitive motion trauma (from activities like running)
Severe knee trauma (from an incident like a car accident)
Please reach out if you have questions, want to discuss your pain, or did not see your condition listed above. We are happy to help.
Prior to surgery, you will undergo a full clinical evaluation to inform your care and avoid complications.
During surgery — after an appropriate type of anesthesia is carefully administered — your surgeon will make an incision in the knee to access damaged bone, tendon, and tissue. The size and location of the incision will depend on the approach used: robotic-assisted or conventional. The surgeon then removes the damaged or diseased cartilage and bone and replaces it with a replica implant.
While surgery is often a daunting and scary idea, our providers are here with you every step of the way. Talk to one of our expert physicians to help establish your treatment plan today. Call us at 603-431-1121 (Portsmouth, NH) or 207-363-3490 (York, ME).
You will be monitored by hospital support staff until the anesthesia wears off after your surgery. Some patients are eligible to go home day-of surgery, others within one to two days.
Once discharged, proper recovery is a critical component to longterm surgical success. Post-operative protocols will vary amongst patients, but typically include:
- Daily movement
- Wound care management
- Physical therapy
- Infection prevention
- Post-Op follow up with the surgeon
Recovery time will range depending on the surgical approach used, your body’s response to the procedure, and your commitment to your prescribed post-operative care routine. Talk to one of our doctors to help establish your recovery plan: 603-431-1121 (Portsmouth, NH) or 207-363-3490 (York, ME).
Is Knee Replacement Surgery Right for You?
Set up a time to discuss your knee pain and candidacy for knee replacement knee surgery.