Over time, the smooth cartilage in the thigh bone, shin bone and kneecap can wear away, leading to arthritis. Without cartilage, these bones rub together, leading to swelling and increased pain during physical activity. Knee replacement surgery is an effective way to reduce knee pain and get back to a more active lifestyle.
During total knee replacement surgery, cartilage is replaced with an artificial surface, leaving the knee intact. To cushion the knee, an artificial substitute for the cartilage is inserted onto the end of each bone using a metal alloy on the end of the femur and tibia. With a new layer of cushion to support knee bones and joints, individuals experience a decrease in pain and improved knee function.
You may be a candidate for total knee replacement surgery if:
Dameron Hospital’s Rapid Strides Accelerated Recovery© Knee Replacement Program uses state-of-the-art technology and a comprehensive, team-based approach for accelerated recovery. Our program offers minimally invasive surgical techniques combined with computer-assisted navigation to achieve excellent results for our patients in terms of pain relief, mobility and restoring quality of life. Key benefits of the program include:
If you are experiencing knee pain and considering the Rapid Strides program, Dameron Hospital hosts free information seminars. During these thorough information sessions, patients can weigh their treatment options, gain clarity on whether they are a candidate for the Rapid Strides program, meet the medical staff and ask questions about the total knee replacement procedure.
Watch Dr. Mikaelian, Orthopedic Surgeon and Rapid Strides Medical Director, on ABC’s Medical Minute
Located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, Dameron Hospital is a fully accredited, non-profit community hospital and designated heart attack receiving center specializing in both acute and tertiary level care. Dameron Hospital houses over 200 beds and offers several services such as: Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Orthopedics, as well as general acute care, Emergency and Intensive Care Services. Dameron Hospital has received national and statewide acclaim for its high quality medical services, including designations from HealthGrades® for Five Star Rated Knee Replacements, selection as a Blue Shield of California Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery and Knee and Hip Replacement, and recognition as a Top Performer for its Quality Metrics by the Joint Commission.