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Comprehensive Knee Care

Total Knee Replacement

Knee replacement surgery is an effective treatment for severe knee pain unresponsive to other treatments like pain medication. Whether caused by conditions such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, knee replacement can alleviate pain and restore mobility. The procedure involves surgically replacing part or all of a worn and painful joint with a man-made joint (prosthesis). Most individuals can resume normal activities within 3 months of a knee replacement, with a gradual return to various activities.

Knee Arthroscopy Surgery

Knee arthroscopy, a commonly performed procedure, can be used to:
  • Remove meniscus (shock absorber) tears
  • Repair meniscal tears
  • Remove loose fragments from the joint
  • Biopsy lesions within the knee
  • Remove or smooth cartilage flaps from within the knee
  • Remove inflamed joint lining
  • In conjunction with other knee operations (such as ligament surgery)

Acl Reconstruction Surgery

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is crucial for knee stability, especially during high-speed directional changes. While physiotherapy may suffice for some patients, those engaged in pivoting sports may opt for ACL Reconstruction Surgery for a quicker return to an active lifestyle. Our orthopaedic surgeons perform this procedure by replacing the torn ligament with a tissue band called a tendon.

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation is a non-surgical procedure that involves inserting a needle-like probe into the skin. This probe delivers radiofrequency waves to target the nerves supplying the knee (genicular nerves) that are causing your pain. It may work for some patients to improve their symptoms. Radiofrequency ablation is a safe and effective procedure with minimal recovery time. The results can be long-lasting, up to or greater than 12 months. RFA is especially beneficial for those seeking an alternative to surgery.

OVERVIEW

Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee replacement surgery treats severe knee pain that has stopped responding to other treatments, like pain medication. If you experience pain caused by conditions such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, knee replacement may help reduce your pain and restore your mobility. Total or partial knee replacement works by surgically removing part or all of a worn and painful joint and replacing it with a man-made joint (known as a prosthesis). Most people can return to normal life within 3 months of a knee replacement and you can return to many activities sooner.
There are different ways of performing a knee replacement and we can help you choose the right technique for your circumstances.
Total Knee Replacement
Total knee replacement is the most common type of knee replacement (more than 90% of knee replacements in Australia) and involves replacing all of the arthritic knee joint surfaces on the femur (thigh bone), tibia (shin bone) and patella (kneecap). The advantage of replacing all of these surfaces at once is it reduces the chance of you ever requiring further surgery on that knee.
Parital Knee Replacement
Partial knee replacement can be the right option for patients with osteoarthritis that is limited to a small section of the knee (medial compartment primarily) with a particular interest in certain sporting activities. If you have a knee that is only worn in this part, with minimal angulation of your leg, an intact ACL, and meet several other criteria, this may be the best option for you.

Transforming Lives

Knee Replacement Benefits

REDUCTION IN KNEE PAIN
With arthritis and other conditions, the cushioning layer of cartilage within the knee joint is worn down, causing pain. Surgery removes and replaces the damaged joint with a prosthesis which can reduce pain on movement and at night. This reduction in pain can often last for the rest of the patient’s life without further surgery.
INCREASE MOBILITY
A damaged joint can limit your walking distance. Knee replacement surgery can get you walking further with less pain.
QUALITY OF LIFE
With a reduction in pain and an increase in mobility, knee replacement patients are usually able to return to a relatively normal life, taking part in many pre-pain activities

Surgical Risks

Common risks and side effects associated with total knee replacement surgery include:
  • Infection
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Stiffness
  • Blood vessel injury or bleeding from bone, sometimes requiring transfusion
  • Nerve injury

OUR

Experienced Surgeons

Our surgeons at Sunshine Coast Orthopaedic Group are highly skilled professionals dedicated to providing exceptional care with a focus on enhancing the mobility and quality of life for their patients. Specialising in advanced orthopaedic procedures, our surgeons possess extensive expertise in areas such as total hip replacement, revision hip replacement, hip fracture management, and hip arthroscopy.

A/Prof Daevyd Rodda

Orthopaedic Surgeon
MBBS DIP.SURG ANAT, FRACS FAORTHA

DR SHANE BLACKMORE

Orthopaedic Surgeon
MBBS FRACS FAORTHA

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