Knee Surgery & Replacement Options

Barnabas Health orthopedic centers offer a range of knee surgery solutions that can restore function, eliminate discomfort, and allow patients to return to an active lifestyle. The surgeons at our facilities perform a high volume of knee surgeries, making them some of the most experienced in the region. RWJBarnabas Health doctors utilize the most advanced techniques and materials to treat patients with osteonecrosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, fractures, and deformities. In addition, our surgeons perform knee revision surgery to correct and improve a failed knee replacement.

Total Knee Replacement

Total knee replacement, also known as knee arthroplasty, is an effective orthopedic procedure used to alleviate chronic knee pain and restore function. The damaged joint is replaced by a prosthetic joint that feels and functions like your own knee. Hospital stays are approximately three to four days, and rehabilitation generally includes two to three months of physical and occupational therapy.

Custom Knee Replacement

RWJBarnabas Health hospitals utilize the most effective and innovative technology and materials for joint replacement surgery. For knee replacement this includes the Biomet Custom Knee. A computer enhanced, 3-dimentional image of the patient's knee is created. The implant is custom designed for size and placement, offering outstanding precision and joint fit. 3-D imagery provides the surgeon with precision guides for pre-surgical planning and optimal alignment during surgery.

Partial Knee Replacement

Also known as unicompartmental knee replacement, a partial knee replacement does not replace the entire joint. This option may be available to patients when damage to the knee is confined to one area. Other factors that determine eligibility include age, weight, activity level, and overall joint health. This procedure can often be performed using minimally invasive techniques. As a result, patients experience quicker recovery and less blood loss. Many patients are released from the hospital within 24 to 48 hours following surgery. In addition, they require less rehabilitation and experience less pain than a total knee replacement would require.

Patellofemoral Replacement

The patellofemoral joint is commonly referred to as the kneecap. For certain patients, damage is located in this joint, rather than between the tibia and femor. Patients usually experience a scraping feeling under the kneecap and pain in the back of the knee. For some patients, replacement of the patellofemoral joint may be more appropriate than a total joint replacement. Patients suffering from degenerative arthritis, cartilage deterioration, or kneecap fractures may benefit from patellofemoral replacement surgery. It is crucial to determine the cause of knee pain when deciding the appropriate course of treatment.