Gender-Specific Knee Replacement in Rocklin, CA
The knee is a weight-bearing joint, responsible for carrying the body when patients are on their feet. Because of its load-bearing responsibilities, the knees often become damaged due to osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that causes wear-and-tear on the bones. While less severe cases can be managed through noninvasive means, knee replacement surgery is often indicated for patients whose arthritis significantly limits mobility and causes intense pain.
Today, patients pursuing knee replacement surgery have a greater number of options for knee implants that can potentially provide improved results. Though knee replacements have traditionally been produced in a one-size-fits-all fashion, today’s knee implants take into account the differences between a woman’s and a man’s knee. Gender-specific knee replacements accommodate for the differences in anatomies and are designed to provide women with a better fit and more natural movement.
Commonly affecting the knees, osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that progressively deteriorates bones and protective components. Over time, the knee’s cartilage will lose its ability to protect the joint, causing pain and immobility as bone wears down bone.
Less severe cases of knee osteoarthritis can be managed through nonsurgical approaches, such as activity modification, weight loss, and pain medications. These approaches look to reduce the amount of stress placed on the knee by reducing its weight load, as well as by utilizing pain-reducing medications. While these approaches may work for some, more severe cases of osteoarthritis may require knee replacement surgery to effectively reduce pain.
A number of symptoms can indicate that a patient is a candidate for total knee replacement surgery. These symptoms include:
- Severe, chronic pain affecting the patient during everyday activities
- Pain cannot be effectively managed through non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, cortisone injections, physical therapy, or other conservative approaches
- Knee deformities causing improper alignment, leading to knee “bowing”
- Knee stiffness
Knee replacement has been performed in the United States since the 1960s, and since then has become one of the safest surgeries performed today. Patients that pursue knee replacement tend to report reduced pain and a restoration in joint functioning. Additionally, patients that are able to return to previous levels of activity report an improvement to overall health-related quality of life.
Knee replacement surgery is a commonly performed procedure that involves removal of the diseased joint and replacing it with a new, prosthetic implant made of metal alloys and plastic components. While these components are typically designed in a one-size-fits-all fashion, newer prostheses take the patient’s gender into account to provide a more natural feeling fit.
Total knee replacement surgery is performed by the knee surgeon removing the damaged joint and positioning a knee implant in its place to restore the alignment and function of the knee. While the surgery takes approximately two hours, after surgery, the patient will be moved to a recovery room for an additional one to two hours.
While the post-operative recovery period lasts for a number of months, patients that opt for gender-specific knee replacements can potentially expect a more precise fitting implant that contributes to greater comfort and a more natural feel.
Gender-Specific Knee Replacement in Sacramento, CA
David R. Gotham, Jr., D.O. is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon practicing in Rocklin, CA, and serving the entire Roseville-Sacramento area. Dr. Gotham specializes in gender-specific knee replacement and minimally invasive surgery, aiming to provide patients with the best and most comfortable solutions for musculoskeletal pain. To learn more about joint replacement and gender-specific knee replacement, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gotham at his offices, located at 2204 Plaza Drive.