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Total knee replacement (TKR) is a surgical procedure in which the arthritic or damaged surfaces of the joint are removed and replaced with an artificial joint called a prosthesis. The artificial joint is designed to move just like a healthy human joint.

In total knee replacement, the prosthesis is composed of strong metal alloy, to replace diseased bone, and high-density polyethylene, to replace diseased cartilage. One part is attached to the end of the thighbone where diseased bone has been removed, and another is anchored to the shinbone. The replacement may also include a circular piece of plastic that attaches to the kneecap to replace cartilage or diseased bone. Cement may or may not be used to anchor the prosthesis into place.

Total knee replacement has been performed for nearly 40 years and has enabled millions of Americans suffering from severe knee pain and stiffness to return to active and rewarding lives. Recent advances in joint implant materials are making TKR safer and more effective than ever. They also have the potential to significantly increase the longevity of the implants - an important benefit, especially for younger, more active patients.

Attend one of Oakwood's offers FREE community total joint replacement educational lectures where you can ask questions and talk to an Oakwood orthopedic surgeon about the latest treatment options available. Learn more . . .