Knee Replacement - General Information

JOURNEY® II AKS implant wear

Conventional wisdom indicates that most knee implants should be expected to last 10 to 15 years before implant wear becomes an issue. At Smith & Nephew, we've always thought we could do better. And since today's more active knee patients are having surgery younger and living longer, we knew we had to do better... Continue to read

Knee surgery basics

Since the first knee replacement surgery in 1968, there has been enormous progress in improving the surgical techniques and medical devices used to replace damaged bone and cartilage in the knee. Let's first review some of the basic surgical steps that almost all knee replacements have in common... Continue to read.

Know your options

Knee pain doesn't necessarily mean knee surgery. There are many options for you to discuss with your doctor to help alleviate knee pain... Continue to read.

Meniscus Tears

Unfortunately, as strong as the menisci are, it can take something as simple as an awkward twist or contact to the knee to cause the meniscus to tear. Because of this, meniscus tears are fairly common in sports that require movements like twisting, squatting, jumping or changing direction quickly. In fact, meniscus tears are one of the most common knee injuries, affecting approximately 1 million people in the US each year... Continue to read.

What is knee arthritis?

Arthritis of the knee is a disease which wears away the cartilage between the femur (thigh bone) and the tibia (shin bone) causing the two bones to scrape against each other, raw bone on raw bone... Continue to read.

What is knee replacement surgery?

If you are considering knee replacement surgery, you have plenty of company. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports that more than 600,000 knee replacements are performed each year in the United States... Continue to read.

What is meniscus repair?

In the simplest terms possible, meniscus repair is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure that basically stitches together the portions of the tear much like you would do to repair an article of clothing... Continue to read.

Anatomy and function of the knee

The knee joint is the point at which the femur bone of the thigh meets the tibia bone of the lower leg. All the components of the knee - bones, cartilage, synovial membrane, ligaments, tendons and muscles - must work together properly for the knee to move smoothly... Continue to read.

Osteoarthritis of the knee

Osteoarthritis of the knee is a condition commonly referred to as "wear and tear" arthritis... Continue to read.

Rheumatoid arthritis of the knee

Rheumatoid arthritis is a form of inflammatory arthritis and an autoimmune disease... Continue to read.

When is knee replacement surgery recommended?

Your surgeon's recommendation for knee replacement is based mainly on your level of pain and disability; there are no absolute restrictions on age or weight... Continue to read.

Knee replacement recovery

Knee replacement is most commonly performed as an inpatient procedure in a hospital. However, as healthcare options expand and surgical techniques continue to improve, alternatives including outpatient surgery and shorter hospital stays are becoming more common... Continue to read.

Knee replacement complications

Although knee replacement surgery is often referred to as a "mainstream procedure," and is considered one of the most successful procedures in all of medicine, every surgical procedure comes with risk of complications... Continue to read