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Knee replacement surgery is really quite common. In fact, last year it is estimated that over 700,000 Americans underwent artificial knee replacement surgery to relieve the pain of an arthritic knee joint. In this procedure the worn articular cartilage is removed from the ends of the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone) and replaced with an artificial knee joint consisting of a metal cap and plate with a hard plastic bearing between them.
Since the original artificial knee replacements were done in the early 1970s great improvements have been made in the surgical technique, the artificial knee joints and the recovery process from total knee replacement surgery.
Another great advancement in the field of artificial knee replacements is the customizing of the alignment and ligament balance of the artificial knee joint specifically to the individual patient. Better alignment and ligament balance should make the implants last longer. This will be particularly important to younger patients who need a knee replacement.
For more information call The Zehr Center at 239-596-0100.
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