Knee replacement, also called total knee arthroplasty, is surgery that replaces a worn out or damaged knee with an artificial part (prosthesis). Knee joint replacement surgery is most commonly recommended for patients who have developed severe knee damage over time due to osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. It may also be needed by patients who have had fractures, torn cartilage, and/or torn ligaments that have lead to irreversible damage to the knee. Replacing damaged knee joints can reduce pain and restore mobility, enabling patients to resume productive lives.
Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is a leading provider of partial and total knee joint replacement services. Every year, our orthopaedic surgeons help improve the quality of life of nearly 1,500 patients suffering from severe knee damage by delivering expert knee replacement surgery. Specialists in our Orthopaedic & Arthritis Center will often begin treatment with alternative medical interventions, including joint repair techniques such as minimally invasive knee arthroscopy, to try to alleviate knee pain without replacing the joint. If these options prove to be unsuccessful, the next step may be to consider knee replacement, depending on the patient's age, weight, and quality of life goals.
Knee arthroplasty services offered at BWH include:
Other knee repair services performed by our expert orthopaedic surgeons include:
The orthopaedic program at BWH is consistently ranked as one of the best programs in the country by US News & World Report. Our skilled and experienced orthopaedic surgical staff is noted for continually raising the standards of care for orthopaedic surgery, including knee replacement and hip replacement surgeries. In addition to replacement of damaged knees and hips, BWH offers elbow, wrist, ankle, and shoulder replacement surgery.
Patients seeking surgery for replacement or repair of damaged knees can make an appointment with one of our more than 25 orthopaedic specialists at four locations in the greater Boston area. Our orthopaedic surgery staff encourages patients' active participants in their care and recovery while providing patients with expert, comprehensive care.
Patients also benefit from the research conducted at our Orthopaedic Research Laboratories, where our orthopaedic surgeons and researchers are actively developing new treatment options for patients with joint conditions. Our research approach is to translate new findings from basic and clinical investigations into innovate treatment options for bone and joint health, including knee replacement and repair surgery.
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