More people in Louisville and Southern Indiana choose Norton Orthopedic Institute when they’re ready for knee replacement surgery.
Our board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons are innovators in minimally invasive techniques that can get you back to your active life faster and with less pain.
We perform thousands of joint replacements every year for people who have been struggling with the pain and limitations of damaged or diseased knee joints. Our providers have the expertise and experience to get you moving again with less pain and fewer complications.
Our joint replacement patients typically are walking around within a couple hours of their surgery and home the same day.
Depending on your condition, the extent of any arthritis and your health history, your provider may recommend a partial knee replacement or a total knee replacement.
Total Knee Replacement Surgery
The pain you’re feeling is likely the result of arthritis or another condition that has worn away and damaged bone and cartilage at the bottom of your thighbone, top of your shin and possibly part of the back of your kneecap.
By removing the damage and replacing it with a new joint made mostly of metal and high-grade plastics to provide smooth motion, we can restore your ability to move while dramatically reducing your pain.
Our surgeons use advanced minimally invasive tools and techniques and can position the new joint with precision to match your unique anatomy. By fine-tuning the placement of your new knee to within a millimeter or two, we can achieve a more natural feeling in your new knee than could have been achieved just a couple years ago.
For some patients, a partial knee replacement may be the best course. The part of your knee at the bottom of the thigh bone has two surfaces that should glide easily across the top of your shin bone. One is on the inner part of your knee and the other on the outer part.
While a total knee replacement addresses both surfaces, a partial knee replacement deals with just one. The side that is damaged gets a metal cap that glides against a new metal and plastic piece at the top of your shinbone.
How Long Does a Knee Replacement Last?
The vast majority of knee replacements last 20 years or more.
Many factors can affect how long it will be before your new knee wears out. Your age, the amount of effort you put in preparing for knee replacement and other factors such as weight can affect how long your knee will last.
Prehabilitation (prehab) efforts also can speed your recovery from knee replacement surgery. Daily exercises leading up to surgery can strengthen your muscles and give you a head start on your post-surgical rehabilitation.
Your insurance company may require you to try physical therapy and injections before any surgery.