Total Knee Replacement Specialist

DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopedic Institute

Orthopedic Surgery & Physical Therapy located in Rochester, MI

Across the United States, orthopaedic surgeons perform over 600,000 total knee replacements every year. At DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute, in Rochester, Michigan, Jeffrey DeClaire, MD, leads a team of expert orthopaedic surgeons who offer state-of-the-art total knee replacement procedures to restore your knees and improve your quality of life. If you have knee problems that aren’t getting better with nonsurgical treatments, call DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute to schedule a consultation today.

Total Knee Replacement Q & A

What is a total knee replacement?

A total knee replacement is a surgical procedure to replace damaged and worn out knee components with biocompatible metal and plastic replacement parts. Your knee is a hinge joint where your femur, tibia, and fibula meet at your patella where a complex group of tendons, ligaments, and other cushioning or connective tissue holds them together.. 

At DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute, the orthopaedic surgeons offer total knee replacement as an outpatient procedure, so you can rest and recover in the comfort of your own home and avoid costly hospital stays. 

Why would I need a total knee replacement?

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common reasons for having a total knee replacement. When your cartilage wears away and your joint becomes inflamed and painful, your orthopedist may try nonsurgical treatments to restore your knee and alleviate your pain. However, in some cases, your condition may degenerate to the point that a total knee replacement is the best treatment option. 

Dr. DeClaire and his team may also suggest a total knee replacement to address severe rheumatoid arthritis. They might also recommend knee replacement if you develop chronic pain after a severe knee injury like a fracture or ligament tear. 

Ultimately, your orthopaedic surgeon recommends total knee replacement when you have severe knee pain or stiffness that interferes with your ability to move and your quality of life. 

What happens during a total knee replacement?

The team at DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute offers several types of total knee replacement surgeries, including minimally invasive and open surgical approaches, ACL-preserving total knee replacements, and knee revision procedures. 

There are several steps in a total knee replacement. Once you are prepared for surgery, Dr. DeClaire makes an incision to access your knee joint and prepares your bones. He and the team remove the damaged cartilage surfaces as well as a small amount of the underlying bone. 

Then, he positions your implants to re-create the surface of your joint and cements or press-fits them into the bone. Depending on your specific needs, Dr. DeClaire may resurface your patella. Finally, the team inserts a space to create a smooth, gliding surface to reduce friction when you bend and extend your knee joint. 

If you need an orthopaedic knee specialist to perform a total knee replacement, call DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute to make an appointment today.