Ashford Orthopedic Specialists
Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialists located in Epps Bridge, Athens, GA & Loganville, GA
If you have arthritis or a knee injury that impedes your mobility and hasn't responded to more conservative therapies, it may be time to consider robotic knee replacement surgery. Skilled orthopedic surgeon William Ashford, MD, offers partial and total knee replacement surgery with the added precision of state-of-the-art technology to alleviate pain and improve mobility. Find the answer to chronic or severe knee pain by scheduling a consultation at Ashford Orthopedic Specialists in Athens and Loganville, Georgia. You can call the team or request an appointment online.
Robotic Knee Replacement Q & A
What is a robotic knee replacement?
Dr. Ashford performs robotic knee replacement surgery if you have severe knee pain and joint dysfunction that doesn't respond to other treatments. The surgery utilizes robotic-assisted technology to remove your knee's worn or damaged structures, which are then replaced with biocompatible prosthetic parts.
The replacement knee joint works like a healthy, normal knee, enabling you to regain mobility and relieve chronic knee pain. The artificial knee replaces the ends of your femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone). Between the replacement parts is a medical-grade plastic spacer.
Why would I need knee replacement surgery?
Knee replacement surgery may be necessary if you experience an acute injury that severely damages the knee joint. However, arthritis is the most common reason for knee replacement surgery.
Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes the protective cartilage in your joints to wear away over time, leading to chronic pain, stiffness, and loss of function. It's a common ailment that primarily affects older people. It also disproportionately impacts the knees.
Before considering surgery, the team at Ashford Orthopedic Specialists will try less invasive treatments like physical therapy, medications, weight loss, and joint injections. These approaches are effective for many patients, especially in the earlier stages of the disease.
If you don't find conservative treatments are working for you, Dr. Ashford can discuss the robotic knee replacement procedure as an option.
What are my options for robotic knee replacement?
There are two knee replacement options:
Total knee replacement
Robotic-assisted total knee replacement surgery involves removing the diseased cartilage and some bone from the ends of your tibia and femur. In some cases, Dr. Ashford might resurface the underside of your patella (kneecap). The replacement parts cover the ends of the bones.
Partial knee replacement
A partial knee replacement involves resurfacing only the inside aspect of the knee rather than the entire knee. This approach could be a good option if your arthritis only affects the inside portion of the knee. Dr. Ashford can discuss this option with you if you're a candidate.
Is robotic knee replacement surgery safe?
Total or partial knee replacement with robotic-assisted technology is the gold standard of knee replacement surgery. Dr. Ashford is an experienced orthopedic surgeon offering this safe and tested approach alongside other state-of-the-art therapies.
Find out whether total or partial knee replacement is a good choice for your chronic knee pain by calling Ashford Orthopedic Specialists. You can also book your consultation online today.