Chronic knee pain can limit your activities and make it difficult to enjoy a full life. At Sander Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Weslaco, Texas, Michael Sander, MD, is board certified in surgical techniques, including knee replacement surgery, to repair damage in the knee joint due to arthritis or injury. Dr. Sander and his dedicated medical team offer custom treatment plans to address dysfunction in your knee joint and relieve the chronic pain that’s been interfering with your life. Learn more about the benefits of knee replacement surgery by calling the office directly or booking an appointment online.
Your knee is made up of the top end of your shinbone, the lower part of your thigh bone, and the kneecap. Together, these joints create the largest joint in your body.
Damage to your knees can come from direct injuries or due to degenerative medical conditions, such as arthritis. As the joints and protective cartilage in the knee wear away, the bones of the joint begin to rub together, limiting your movement and causing pain.
Chronic knee pain may make it difficult for you to walk or stand without assistance. In some cases, chronic knee pain can interfere with your quality of life, affecting your ability to get restful sleep or stay active.
The Sander Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine team uses a minimally invasive surgical technique to replace the damaged parts of the knee joints with artificial devices. This procedure requires only a small incision in the treatment area that your doctor uses to access the joint.
Using small surgical instruments, they remove the damaged or diseased part of your joint and replace them with the artificial components.
The replacement joint allows your knee to function normally, significantly reducing your pain and enhancing your functionality.
To determine if knee replacement is the right treatment method for you, the team evaluates your knee’s range of motion and assesses your medical history and overall health.
You may be a good candidate for a knee replacement if:
The team may recommend knee replacement surgery if other treatments, including physical therapy and medications, aren’t providing effective pain relief or restoring your knee’s functionality.
The Sander Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine team discusses your expectations for surgery during your initial consultation. You can expect a dramatic difference in your level of pain and improvement in the overall functionality of your knee.
Following your surgery, the team may recommend avoiding high-impact exercises, such as jogging and jumping, for the rest of your life to protect the health of your knee.
With proper care and by maintaining a healthy weight, you can expect your knee replacement to last for many years.
Find out if you’re a good candidate for knee replacement surgery by scheduling an appointment online or by phone.