total knee replacement

With this procedure, a surgeon removes damaged bone and cartilage. This is replaced with an artificial knee made of metal and plastic. These joints are a big improvement from the earliest models. Depending on the situation, physicians may be able to use minimally invasive techniques. These require only small incisions, involve only slight disruption of muscle and soft tissue, and allow quick recovery. Once the new joint is in place and before closing the incision, your doctor will move your knee gently to ensure your artificial joint is working properly.

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