We're here to help you when your knees no longer work like they used to and you're in pain.
There are many treatment options for your knees, and the team at MaineGeneral Orthopaedics will help you find the best solution for you that is sensitive to your lifestyle and your unique medical needs.
In some cases, you may need physical therapy, or steroid or lubricant injections. Sometimes joint replacement is the answer for you.
We will work with you on your treatment plan to get you back to a more active lifestyle.
When You Need Knee Surgery
You have options for your knee surgery. We will give you the information you need to help you make the decision that is right for you.
Your doctor may try to reduce your knee pain through medication or minor surgery (arthroscopy). If these treatments don't help enough, replacing all or part of the joint may be an option.
Your surgeon will evaluate your knee joint to determine if you are a surgery candidate. This will include a full exam and X-rays of your knee. Depending on your age and the amount of damage, your surgeon may recommend replacing the entire joint or only part of it.
Benefits of Surgery
After a knee replacement, most people gain all of the following benefits:
- Elimination of or greatly reduced joint pain; even pain from surgery should subside within weeks
- Increased leg strength
- An improved quality of life by allowing you to do daily tasks and low-impact activities in greater comfort
- Years of easier movement
Risks and Complications
As with any surgery, knee replacement has possible risks and complications that include:
- Reaction to anesthesia;
- Blood clots;
- Damage to nearby blood vessels, bones or nerves; and
- Dislocation of the kneecap.