The knee is a complicated hinge joint that is susceptible to degenerative changes from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and more. There are many types of knee surgery to repair damaged cartilage, replace all or part of the joint, and more.

A knee osteotomy can change bone alignment so that the mechanical axis passes though the center of the knee and weight is more evenly distributed. This can help avoid further joint degeneration.
Effective pain management after joint replacement can be achieved with a multi-pronged approach that includes peripheral nerve blocks and limits the use of narcotic painkillers, also called opioids.

Learn about the steps recommended by doctors to patients preparing for knee osteotomy surgery to ensure proper recovery and avoid complications.

Before deciding to proceed with knee replacement surgery (total knee arthroplasty), there are several questions that a patient will want to have answered by their physician. Here are a list of questions to consider before you move forward with scheduling a knee replacement procedure.
Although rare, 5% of Medicare patients 65 and older experience risks and complications from total knee replacement (total knee arthroplasty) involving anesthesia, infection, and allergic reactions to the prostheses.