Total Knee Replacement
Patients with arthritis in the knee joint experience pain when the smooth cartilage at the ends of the bones is damaged or missing. During knee replacement surgery, the surgeon removes arthritic and damaged bone in the knee joint, resurfaces the remaining bone and implants a replacement knee joint. Prosthetic joints are made of plastic and metal and are specially selected by the surgeon to match the build of a patient's body. Advances in technology now allow some patients to undergo knee replacement surgery who might not have been candidates in the past.
The highly skilled knee replacement surgeons at the Joint Replacement Center at Maine Medical Center are national leaders in this procedure. Their expertise includes a wide variety of approaches, including total and partial knee replacements, patellofemoral knee replacements, gender-specific knee replacements and small incision techniques.