Knee Replacement

Anay R. Patel, MD

Hip and Knee Replacement Surgeon & Orthopedic Surgeon located in Houston, TX

Severely diseased or damaged knee joints can cause a lifetime of pain and discomfort. That’s why Anay Patel, MD, provides patients in Houston, Texas, with partial, minimally invasive, and revision knee replacements. The most common reason for needing a knee replacement is the severe pain caused by osteoarthritis. To determine whether or not a knee replacement is right for you, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Knee Replacement Q & A

What is a knee replacement? 

A knee replacement, which is also known as knee arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure Dr. Patel performs to completely replace the weight-bearing surfaces of your knee joint. The aim is to provide long-term pain relief and improved functionality of your knee. 

Who needs a knee replacement? 

The most common common reason for needing a knee replacement is a severe case of arthritis, typically osteoarthritis, or knee diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. These types of conditions are linked to risk factors such as: 

  • Older age
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Obesity
  • Alcohol or tobacco use
  • Repeated stress on the knee joint
  • Gender (women are more at risk)

Dr. Patel can help you decide if a knee replacement is the best solution to your chronic knee pain. 

How does a knee replacement work? 

Dr. Patel performs minimally invasive knee replacements, involving smaller incisions and less scarring, faster recovery and rehabilitation, less tissue trauma, and shorter hospital stays. He also offers different types of knee replacements tailored to your individual needs. 

Partial knee replacements

This surgery involves replacing only one part of your damaged knee. Dr. Patel can replace either the inside (medial) part, the outside (lateral) part, or the kneecap. He removes damaged tissue and bone in the knee joint when arthritis is present in only part of your knee, replacing the damaged tissue and bone with an artificial implant, called a prosthetic. The rest of your knee is preserved. 

Full knee replacements

This surgery involves replacing essentially all of the parts of your knee joint. Dr. Patel can replace the inside (medial) part, the outside (lateral) part, and the kneecap. He removes damaged tissue and bone in the knee joint when arthritis is present, replacing it all with an entirely new artificial implant joint, called a prosthetic. 

Revision knee replacements

When a knee implant is no longer working properly, Dr. Patel can perform a revision knee replacement to restore the implant joint’s function. Revision knee replacements can last decades, or even longer. Revision might be needed if there has been a loosening of the implant, an infection of the joint, instability in the knee, or a misalignment of parts. 

What is the recovery from a knee replacement like? 

In most cases, knee replacement patients require lots of rest and relaxation for the first 4-6 weeks. However, each case is different. Dr. Patel will monitor your recovery closely and help implement physical therapy, stretching, and strength exercises along the way to help your recovery along. 

To find out more, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.