Knee replacement surgery in Thornton, Colorado
At North Suburban Medical Center, we understand that chronic knee pain can take you away from the activities you love the most. Our orthopedic care team in north Denver can help you get back to a pain-free lifestyle through knee joint care and knee replacement surgery.
For more information about knee replacement surgery, please call (303) 920-4362.
The knee joint is made up of three bones: femur (thigh bone), patella (knee cap) and tibia (shin bone), as well as muscles—and it is affected by arthritis more than any other joint in the body.
In a healthy knee joint, cartilage provides cushion around the bones so they can move easily. However, in a damaged or arthritic knee, the cartilage is worn down. This results in the bones rubbing together as you move, which can cause severe knee pain and limited activity.
Knee replacement surgery, or knee arthroplasty, restores function in the knee joint and alleviates discomfort. It involves resurfacing or replacing damaged parts of the joint with artificial implants
You may be a candidate for knee replacement surgery if you:
- Experience knee pain while resting or being active
- Wake up during the night because of knee pain
- Have pain sitting, bending or climbing stairs
- Have tried nonsurgical treatments, like exercise and medications, without pain relief
Total knee replacement
In a total knee replacement surgery, your Thornton orthopedic surgeon replaces the knee cap and ends of the shin and femur bones with plastic and/or metal implants. This creates a healthy, new knee joint that can bend and move without causing friction.
Partial knee replacement
If only part of the knee joint is damaged, your orthopedic doctor may be able to replace only the damaged area, sparing the healthy bones and tissues. This is called a partial knee replacement, which is also referred to as knee resurfacing.
Physical therapy and rehabilitation
After knee replacement surgery, our physical therapy and rehabilitation team will work with you to help you get back to your active lifestyle as quickly and as safely as possible. Rehabilitation will begin as soon as possible before you leave the hospital.