"I’ve been struggling with osteoarthritis for years. I wouldn’t mind the repeated scans, injections and ongoing physical therapy if they were working but they’re not. I’m in more pain than ever. Is replacing my knee really my only option?"

Beth C
Peculiar, MO

Our Response

If you are still experiencing pain despite the treatment you describe, it might be time to consider surgery. But knee surgery has come a long way in recent years and total knee replacement is not the only option. Right here in Kansas City, we have a variety of specialty orthopedic services available – and skilled physicians who will work with you to find the one that best fits your needs and circumstances. Take, for example, the NAVIO Surgical System at Centerpoint Medical Center—an advancement in how surgeons perform partial knee replacement.

How Osteoarthritis Causes Knee Pain

Every joint in your body has a cushion between the bone called cartilage. With age, many people experience a wearing-away of the cushion which causes pain, swelling and stiffness when the bones rub together—a condition called osteoarthritis. Over time, bone rubbing against bone can further damage the joint.

Total vs Partial Knee Replacement

Total knee replacement is exactly what it sounds like – the surgeon removes the entire knee joint and replaces it with an artificial knee. In a partial knee replacement, the surgeon replaces only the unhealthy part of the knee, leaving the rest of the bone intact.

Total knee replacement is the most common surgical treatment for osteoarthritis. But that may be changing as partial knee replacement becomes more common due to advanced procedures, like NAVIO.

Partial knee replacements offer some significant benefits over total knee procedures including:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Less pain
  • Faster rehabilitation
  • A more normal-feeling knee

Advancements of the NAVIO Surgical System

NAVIO is a robotic-assisted surgical system. That means the surgeon’s skilled hands control robotic instruments to complete the procedure. The robotic assistance allows the physician to be much more precise when positioning the implant based on the patient’s unique anatomy. A better fit means the implant will function better, feel more comfortable and last longer.

NAVIO also has the benefit of customized planning before the procedure so that each surgery is specific to the patient. Because of that, you don’t need to have a CT scan prior to the surgery.       

Finding the Right Knee Replacement Option for You

The NAVIO Surgical System is not for everyone. Which is why it is only one of several knee-replacement options offered at Centerpoint Medical Center and other HCA Midwest Health hospitals. For instance, ConforMIS knee implants, total knee replacements, are individually customized and 3D printed for each patient, better matching the anatomy of the patient in order to provide a better fit and feel.

Patients having a knee replacement surgery are enrolled in a personalized session in our outpatient center to prepare for their procedure and rehabilitation, ensuring all your questions about your hospital stay and recovery are answered.

Consulting a Knee-Surgery Specialist

If you think you might benefit from knee replacement surgery, consult a specialist with customizable tools and a variety of surgical techniques. Together, you can decide which approach will work best for you.

If you need help finding an expert, HCA Midwest Health offers a free physician referral service by calling 1-800-386-9355. You can also use the same number to access Nurses On Call, a free service where you can speak to a registered nurse 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

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