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If you have been putting off treatment for a lingering or life-limiting knee injury, the highly-trained physicians at St. Luke's Orthopedic and Total Joint Center in St. Louis can help.
Many conditions causing knee pain may improve with non-surgical treatments such as exercise, physical therapy, knee sleeves and braces, topical ointments, injections and medications. When most other forms of treatment options have failed to relieve your pain and improve your mobility, you might want to consider partial knee replacement surgery from the St. Luke's Orthopedic and Total Joint Center in St. Louis.
Some people who experience knee pain and who require surgical treatment may be eligible for partial knee (unicompartmental) replacement. Partial knee replacement surgery is reserved for those who have limited joint exposure to arthritis and involves replacing only the diseased portion, or compartment, of the knee. This allows the surgeon to focus on that part of the knee while leaving the healthy sections alone. Appropriate candidates who qualify for this type of procedure may experience various benefits versus total knee replacement surgery including a faster recovery, reduced pain and better range of motion following surgery. For some patients, a partial knee replacement may require additional follow-up if other parts of the knee become affected with arthritis.
We will discuss the best options of knee replacement (partial or total) based on several different factors, including the patient's age, weight, activity level and bone quality. Our team of knee experts also consists of rehabilitative therapists who work individually with you on a program that puts your life back on track.
Signs you may need a knee replacement include:
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To connect with one of our knee replacement doctors in St. Louis, call our Physician Referral Service at 314-205-6060 or find an orthopedic doctor now.