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Knee Replacement Surgeon

Knee replacement specialists in Florida.

Knee replacement surgeons provide surgical care for people with knee arthritis (osteoarthritis of the knee) and other knee conditions. Total knee replacement is the most common and successful surgical treatment for knee arthritis. Knee replacement surgery is used primarily to treat arthritis of the knee in people over 55 years of age. It can, however, also help some people who have a weakened knee joint caused by an injury or other condition, such as knock knees or bowlegs.

 

HSS Florida brings the world-renowned knee replacement surgical techniques and practices of Hospital for Special Surgery close to home for South Florida residents.

HSS joint replacement surgeons focus exclusively on knee and hip reconstruction and replacement. They are also experts in minimally invasive surgery, including computer-assisted navigation and robotic techniques.This highly specialized focus leads to better outcomes for people seeking relief from the pain and stiffness of knee arthritis.

How Knee Replacement Works

The knee joint is located where the bottom of the thighbone (femur) joins the top of the shinbone (tibia), which both rest behind the kneecap (patella). Cartilage and other soft tissues surround and line the joint to ensure free and smooth movement. When these tissues are damaged by injury or wear down over time, they become rough. This causes pain and stiffness that makes it increasingly difficult to walk and perform other routine activities. This condition, osteoarthritis, slowly destroys the joint.

In a total knee replacement, small portions of the thighbone and shinbone are removed. In some cases, sections of the kneecap, if they are damaged, may also be taken out. Artificial implants (prostheses) are put in place to restore movement and relieve the pain of knee arthritis. People who have arthritic damage that does not affect the entire joint may get relief from other procedures, such as partial knee replacement.

When to Consult a Knee Replacement Surgeon

Depending on the severity of your condition, nonsurgical treatments may help address your knee pain. These include:

  • reducing activity that causes pain
  • losing weight to reduce strain on the joint
  • pain medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen
  • physical therapy
  • Cox-2 inhibitors
  • corticosteroid injections

If you have these arthritis symptoms, you should meet with a surgeon to learn whether knee replacement is right for you:

  • severe knee pain that is not relieved by medications such as ibuprofen
  • pain that interferes with your work, sleep or everyday activity
  • knee stiffness that makes it difficult to walk

Knee Replacement Expertise at HSS Florida

Hospital for Special Surgery has been ranked #1 for orthopedics in the United States for 11 straight years. Our knee and hip replacement surgeons have dedicated their careers to relieving pain, improving function and restoring quality of life for their patients. The physicians and surgeons of HSS Florida in West Palm Beach bring the hallmark care and surgical best practices of HSS to the Greater Miami area.

Each HSS Florida physician is highly specialized in sports medicine, physiatry or orthopedics. These specializations give you access to world-renowned musculoskeletal expertise. Meet our doctors.

Outpatient Knee Replacement Surgery

HSS Florida surgeons perform outpatient knee replacement (also called "same-day" or "ambulatory" knee replacement), in which the patient can return home on the day of surgery. However, it is not right for everyone. Some people require an overnight stay after a joint replacement.

How do I know if I can have outpatient knee replacement?

Patients who are in good general health, do not smoke, are motivated and have a good support team at home are the best candidates. Those who qualify are given special education on their recovery, which must be followed closely.

If you can answer "yes" to all of the below questions, you may be able to have outpatient knee replacement surgery.

  • Are you between the ages of 18 to 70?
  • Will you have support at home from a family member or friend after your discharge?
  • Are you generally healthy, with no significant medical conditions (for example, sleep apnea, history of heart attack, use of a pacemaker, etc.)?

HSS Florida joint replacement specialists perform a thorough evaluation of each patient’s individual circumstance in order to determine their eligibility for outpatient knee replacement surgery. To learn whether you may be a candidate, contact HSS Florida today.