Total Knee Replacement
The primary goal of total knee replacement or total knee arthroplasty is to relieve pain and make the knee function as normally as possible. This procedure is needed when conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis cause the knee cartilage to wear away and pain medications and other non-surgical treatments have failed to provide relief.
Total knee replacement involves three main steps:
- The surface of the joint is removed
- The arthritic ends of the bones are shaved off
- New metal and plastic implants replace the arthritic ends
One of the safest and most effective medical procedures, total knee replacement can also help restore motion and straighten a limb. At NYU Winthrop Hospital, our multidisciplinary team of total knee replacement experts work closely together to develop a customized treatment plan for each patient with the goal of achieving the best outcome possible and improving overall quality of life in the long run.