Your Knees

Decrease Pain and Return to an Active Lifestyle

Life Can be Hard on Joints, Especially Your Knees.
Although knee problems can result from injury or trauma, as we age we are most likely to experience knee pain caused by osteoarthritis.

This is sometimes called “wear and tear” arthritis because the cartilage, the soft tissue that cushions and protects the bones in the knee, gradually wears away, much like the tread on a tire.

Eventually the cartilage is gone and bone rubs against bone. This causes almost constant pain and limits your ability to walk, work or perform even simple activities.

Partial Knee Replacement, Total Knee Replacement

Same Day Partial Knee Replacement (Resurfacing)
The good news for bad knees just keeps getting better and better. Some patients may qualify for same day or outpatient surgery and can check in before breakfast and be home in time for dinner!

Our compassionate, competent orthopedic surgeons perform same day Partial Knee Replacement (Resurfacing) at Largo Medical Center’s Florida Knee & Orthopedic Pavilion. The guest and their family can enjoy all of the Florida Knee & Orthopedic Pavilion’s hotel-like amenities that in-patients do but with the added benefit that they can sleep in their own bed right after surgery.

How does it work? If you qualify for same day Partial Knee Replacement (resurfacing), our concierge will provide you with an informative brochure about what you and your family can expect and give you a pre-op courtesy call to answer questions. Upon check-in guests and their family are given a comfortable private room to keep belongings and prep prior to surgery. While the patient is going through surgery, the family can dine, check the internet, play games or watch DVDs, even grab a cappuccino.

After surgery, the patient and their family can go back to their room for recovery and discharge. The next day, a home health care worker will visit for dressing change and exercises. Our staff will follow-up by phone. Whether your surgery is same day Partial Knee Replacement or in-patient (Total Knee Replacement), the results are remarkable.

The surgeons at the Florida Knee & Orthopedic Centers are experts in joint reconstruction, and for the last 20 years they have helped pioneer and perfect another minimally-invasive surgical option called Partial Knee Replacement (Resurfacing).

Click here to learn how you can avoid a total knee replacement with a Partial Knee Replacement (Resurfacing)

The Perfect Fit Knee Implant by ConforMIS

The Perfect Fit Knee is HERE! The Florida Knee and Orthopedic Centers are proud to present a new technology in knee replacement surgeries. By ConforMIS, the perfect fit knee is a custom knee implant that is personalized for the patient’s specific knee joint.

Knees are like fingerprints in a way; no two knees are the same. That’s why our expert surgeons are now offering personalized knee implants for patients that are candidates for partial knee replacements. Click Here to learn more.

Non-Surgical Treatment to Relieve Knee Pain: Hyaluronate Injections

Some patients don’t need surgery for pain relief of the knee! The Florida Knee and Orthopedic Centers can provide hyaluronate injections in lieu of surgery for patients that do not have enough knee damage for surgery but aren’t having adequate results from normal pain killers and physical therapy. Hyaluronate treatments were approved by the FDA in 1997. They are very safe and have helped millions of patients relieve their severe knee pain. The treatment can be administered in a single injection or a series of injections depending on the doctor’s recommendation.

What is Hyaluronate?
Hyaluronate is a natural substance that is produced by every joint in your body. In healthy joints, this is a thick fluid with the consistency of egg whites. This fluid is what coats the cartilage surfaces inside your joints so that they can move smoothly. It also acts as a shock absorber, protecting the cartilage and underlying bone.

Why Would I Need Hyaluronate Injections?
When a joint suffers from osteoarthritis, there is less of your body’s natural hyaluronate. The small amount of hyaluronate that is left is so thin and watery that it can no longer lubricate and cushion the joint. This is one of the major causes of knee pain for patients that suffer from osteoarthritis.

How Does Hyaluronate Work?

Your doctor will inject a purified mixture of hyaluronate directly into the knee joint through the side of the knee. By injecting directly into the knee capsule, the fluid coats cartilage surfaces so they can move smoothly against each other and the pain-relieving fluid is concentrated in the knee, not scattered throughout the body.

Who Benefits From Hyaluronate Injections?
Hyaluronate benefits people who have not been receiving satisfactory pain relief from simple pain killers or physical therapy. These injections can also be particularly helpful when anti-inflammatory medicines are ineffective, or are interfering with other medicines. Since hyaluronate acts locally, you will probably be able to continue taking any other medications prescribed by your doctor.

How Long Before I Get Relief and How Long Does it Last?
For most people, a series of injections can relieve knee pain for up to a year. Pain relief is not immediate, so it is recommended to continue taking anti-inflammatory and/or pain medicine until the hyaluronate provides relief.

How Many Injections Can I have?

You can have as many as you want! Since the purified hyaluronate mixture that our doctors use is so similar to the natural substance produced by your own body, it is not possible to build up a resistance or become sensitive to it. After the pain-relieving effects wear off, repeat injections can be given.

How Safe is Hyaluronate and is it Experimental?
The hyaluronate injections are actually very safe because the injected fluid is a natural substance and is very close to the actual fluid that is produced by your body. Hyaluronate is not experimental and has been an approved treatment by the FDA for over fifteen years and has been used to treat millions of patients for severe knee pain. In fact, the doctors at The Florida Knee and Orthopedic Centers have first-hand knowledge about this procedure as they were chosen to participate in the U.S. studies done in 1985.

The Latest on Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is now America’s #1 crippler. Excellent treatment is available but no cure is in sight. Unfortunately, despite treatment, the illness continues to progress. The most important feature in battling osteoarthritis is to get a good diagnosis because “all that aches ain’t arthritis.”

What is your patient history?
The single most important series of facts that your physician uses to diagnose your problem is your history. This includes your “chief complaint” – what bothers you the most – the history of your present illness.

The how, why, what, when, how long and your past history which includes treatments to date, other health problems, etc. is the trail of clues that lead to the diagnosis. It is estimated that up to 90% of diagnoses can be made if your physician takes an exhaustive history.

The typical history of a patient with early osteoarthritis of the knee includes a chief complaint of: “My knee hurts” and a present illness story of 3 months of slowly increasing swelling and stiffness in the knee with no injury.

Treating Osteoarthritis
In its early stages, osteoarthritis can often be treated with medicines, injections and other non-surgical treatments. But once the cartilage is worn thin or is totally gone, these treatments fail to relieve the pain. When that occurs, the conventional treatment has been surgical reconstruction of the knee.

What are the symptoms?
Osteoarthritis is now America’s #1 crippler. Excellent treatment is available but no cure is in sight. Unfortunately, despite treatment, the illness continues to progress. The most important feature in battling osteoarthritis is to get a good diagnosis because “all that aches ain’t arthritis.”

Osteoarthritis Questions

Sciatica Questions

What is a Physical Examination?
Your physician uses the elements of the examination to confirm the diagnosis made by history or to add facts to make the diagnosis and to establish the extent of the illness.

Knee Replacement

In the moderately affected arthritic knee, some restriction of motion is typical. The knee cannot fully straighten or fully bend. The knee usually has heat in it and a small amount of fluid. The arthritic area in the knee is usually tender to the touch.

What Do the X-rays Show, Doc?
Cartilage is the gristle-like cushion between the bones. Narrowing in space between the bones is caused by loss of the cartilage cushion. Arthritis by definition is an illness of cartilage which causes the cartilage to be lost.

The most common type of knee arthritis is the bowlegged type. The second most common type is the knock kneed type. The progression can be seen on the right. The least common type of knee arthritis affects the kneecap.

For people who have knee pain without injury and who have not responded to cortisone shots or anti-inflammatory medicines, the MRI can detect a meniscus cartilage degeneration that cannot be seen on x-ray. Meniscus cartilage is a c-shaped shock absorber on each side which can become dried out and crumble as part of the process of osteoarthritis.

Non-operative Treatment for Osteoarthritis:

  • Exercising (Walking)
  • Medications (Medicine)
  • Injections (Injection Syringe w/o Needles)

Operative Treatment for Osteoarthritis of the Knee:

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