Knee Surgery at Providence Medical Center
Award-winning knee care is available in Kansas City, Kan.
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, there are roughly
10.4 million patient visits to doctors' offices because of common
knee injuries such as fractures, dislocations, sprains, and ligament tears.
A knee injury is one of the most common reasons people see their doctors.
That's because the knee is a complex joint with many components, making
it vulnerable to a variety of injuries and conditions. Some of these include
arthritis, fractures, anterior cruciate ligament injuries, meniscal tears
and tendon tears. Many knee injuries can be successfully treated with
simple measures, such as bracing and rehabilitation exercises. Other injuries
may require surgery to correct.
When this is the case, Providence Medical Center's fellowship-trained
orthopedic surgeons offer patients state-of-the-art treatments including
knee arthroscopy and knee replacement surgery.
An arthroscopy is an outpatient surgery performed through small incisions.
During the procedure, your orthopedic surgeon inserts the arthroscope
(a small camera instrument about the size of a pencil) into your knee
joint. The arthroscope sends the image to a television monitor. On the
monitor, your surgeon can see the structures of the knee in detail.
Your surgeon can use arthroscopy to feel, repair or remove damaged tissue.
To do this, small surgical instruments are inserted through other incisions
around your knee.
Arthroscopy for the knee is most commonly used to:
- Remove or repair of torn meniscal cartilage.
- Reconstruct a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
- Trim off torn pieces of articular cartilage.
- Remove loose fragments of bone or cartilage.
- Remove inflamed synovial tissue.
Most patients leave the hospital an hour or two after surgery, then continue
recovery at home, followed by outpatient rehabilitation if ordered by
Knee replacement surgery
Knee replacement surgery was first performed in 1968. Since then, improvements
in surgical materials and techniques have greatly increased its effectiveness.
Total knee replacements are one of the most successful procedures in medicine.
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than
600,000 knee replacements are performed each year in the United States.
The decision to have knee replacement surgery should be a cooperative one
made by you, your family, your primary care doctor, and your orthopedic
surgeon. The process of making this decision typically begins with a referral
from your doctor to an orthopedic surgeon for an initial evaluation.
Recommendations for surgery are based on your pain and disability. Your
doctor may recommend a knee replacement if your knee is severely damaged
by arthritis or injury and you have difficulty performing daily tasks,
such as walking or climbing the stairs.
During a total knee replacement (also called total knee arthroplasty),
the orthopedic surgeon removes the damaged cartilage and bone, and then
positions the new metal and plastic implants to restore the alignment
and function of your knee.
Patients who take part in the Providence Joint Center program typically
spend three to four days in the hospital, then return home to continue
their recovery. Many participate in the Providence Outpatient Rehabilitation
program, which can speed the return to daily activities.
For more information about knee replacement surgery at Providence Medical
Center, schedule an appointment with one of the Providence orthopedic