Knee joint replacement surgery in Port St. Lucie
The orthopedic surgeons at St. Lucie Medical Center offer knee joint replacement options as an innovative solution for chronic knee pain. When you are experiencing long-term joint pain, you become limited in your ability to perform even simple daily tasks. Don't let knee pain slow you down, our orthopedic specialists are here to help.
To learn more about knee replacement surgery at St. Lucie Medical Center, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (772) 742-9060.
St. Lucie Medical Center offers complete orthopedic care, which expands into joint care services. You don’t have to live with severe joint pain and the limitations it puts on your life. If you haven’t experienced adequate relief with medication and other treatments, a knee replacement may provide the pain relief you need to return to your favorite activities.
If arthritis or an injury has damaged your knee, and less invasive treatment options have proven unsuccessful, you may be ready to consider knee replacement surgery. Knee replacement relieves severe knee pain and restores knee function in the vast majority of patients.
Anatomy of the knee
A joint is formed by two or more bones that are connected by thick bands of tissue called ligaments. The knee is the largest joint in the body and is made up of three main parts:
- The lower end of the thigh bone (femur)
- The upper end of the shin bone (tibia)
- The kneecap (patella)
A smooth, plastic-like lining called cartilage covers the ends of the bones and prevents them from rubbing against each other, allowing for flexible and nearly frictionless movement. Cartilage also serves as a shock absorber, cushioning the bones from the forces between them. Finally, a soft tissue called synovium lines the joint and produces a lubricating fluid that reduces friction and wear.
Minimally invasive knee replacement
At St. Lucie Medical Center, we perform knee replacement procedures using a minimally invasive robotic surgical approach, which allows us to disturb fewer muscles and tendons during surgery. Minimally invasive knee replacement offers many benefits, including a more natural reconstruction of the joint, easier wound closure during surgery and a faster recovery time.
Minimally invasive knee replacement surgery is significantly less invasive than a conventional approach to total knee replacement, but it is important to remember that it is still a major surgery.
We offer advanced minimally invasive options for knee replacement through robotic surgery. Our orthopedic surgeons are trained to perform knee replacement procedures with the assistance of the Mako® robotic orthopedic technology.