If you are suffering with severe knee pain and surgery is the recommended solution, you may need some type of knee replacement.
Learning more about the types of knee surgery will help you understand why the specialist recommends it, what the procedure involves, and the results you may expect.
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Dr. Likover, leading knee specialist in Houston, specializes in three different types of knee replacement procedures.
Trained and highly skilled in each, Dr. Likover performs these and other knee surgeries for patients from around the globe.
Below, you’ll find a comparison of the different types of knee replacements Dr. Likover offers.
Signature knee replacement is a breakthrough in knee replacement technology.
An MRI or CAT scan of the patient’s knee is done to measure the shape of the knee bones (not the usual MRI for diagnosis of knee problems).
Additional MRI (CAT) views through the hip and ankle are also done to align the knee implantation properly through the whole leg.
A computer then designs the appropriate position for the knee replacement with input from Dr. Likover, customizing the implantation procedure for the individual patient.
The idea is to put the new total knee in exactly the correct position. The result is a more natural feeling knee with full range of motion.
The procedure results in a shorter surgery time and shorter recovery with improved patient satisfaction compared to previous types of knee replacement with the surgeon designing the procedure during the case while the surgery is being done.
If you suffer with osteoarthritis of the knee and have only worn out one portion of the knee, a total knee replacement may not be necessary.
The Oxford knee replacement is a type of partial knee replacement that replaces only the worn-out portion of the knee, saving as much of the natural knee as possible.
The minimally invasive partial knee replacement is so successful that the manufacturer now offers a lifetime warranty on the implant.
However, as with the Signature knee replacement, specialized training is required to perform the Oxford, so not all knee surgeons can provide it.
The patellofemoral joint replacement is a type of partial knee replacement primarily performed for isolated kneecap joint arthritis.
A surgeon may also recommend it for younger patients in certain cases of advanced chondromalacia of the patellofemoral joint.
In a kneecap joint replacement, the surgeon is able to preserve all knee ligaments.
Patient recovery is faster than any other type of partial knee replacement procedure.
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
In addition to the knee surgeries mentioned above, Dr. Likover specializes in arthroscopic surgery to correct an ACL tear, meniscus tear, or chondromalacia of the patella.
This is an outpatient surgical procedure with three tiny incisions on the knee.
If you feel like your knee popped out or a bone in your knee moved, and your knee is painful and swollen, you may have a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament.
Left untreated, the knee will likely remain unstable. There is also about an 80% chance you will suffer significant secondary problems.
An ACL tear is a common sports injury, and specialists typically recommend active individuals undergo ACL surgery to correct the problem.
A sports team doctor for more than three decades, Dr. Likover knows how important correction of an ACL injury is to an athlete.
The arthroscopic anterior cruciate reconstruction procedure he developed is generally performed as an outpatient procedure, with the patient walking on crutches immediately after surgery.
Is your kneecap out of line, has been most of your life, and nonsurgical methods to reduce inflammation no longer keep the condition from worsening?
You may benefit from chondromalacia surgery.
This procedure is a relatively easy surgery to correct chondromalacia of the patella that involves arthroscopic smoothing of the kneecap and lateral release.