Total Knee Replacement - Todd Pitts, M.D.
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Total Knee Replacement

total knee replacement

Orthopaedic Surgeon - Todd Pitts, M.D., Abilene, Texas

Our joints are made to be used. Because a patient has knee pain from arthritis does not mean that they should not remain active. We understand joints and can help you stay active and enjoy what you love to do. Knee replacement surgery is an option when non-operative management fails.

Osteoarthritis is a condition that simply means inflammation of the joint. This inflammation can have various causes, but ultimately leads to degeneration of the cartilage that covers the bones in the knee that move together. As the knee is swollen, the cartilage thins and wears much like tires on a car. As the cartilage thins, movement in the knee can cause more inflammation that leads to more pain and more cartilage thinning. Non-operative treatment is focused on reducing this inflammation and slowing the cartilage thinning process. When this method fails, joint replacement surgery is indicated to reduce pain, improve function to keep you active. The surgery centers around removing the damaged cartilage at the ends of the bones and replacing it with metal and plastic that rub together rather than the diseased knee. Knee replacement surgery can return you back to your active lifestyle with less pain and more function.