Dr. David Crawford: Understanding Total Knee Replacement Surgery
Dr. David Crawford, MD, Columbus, OH: Understanding Total Knee Replacement Surgery
As one of Ohio’s leading experts in orthopedic surgery, Dr. David Crawford has performed many total knee replacement surgeries throughout his career. Also known as knee arthroplasty, the procedure is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the United States. It is also one of the safest and best-developed procedures of all.
Knee pain, whether it’s caused by arthritis or injury, can impair your ability to perform basic tasks, such as walking, running, or climbing the stairs. Most patients postpone surgery in favor of walking supports and non-surgical treatments, including the use of pain relievers. But if these interventions no longer prove effective, total knee replacement could be the best option.
Compared to other surgical procedures, knee arthroplasty is fairly recent—it was performed in 1968. It is meant to address the damaged cartilage, the soft tissue that cushions the bones in your joints, in your knees. Successful knee replacement not only means you will no longer endure pain, but it also means you’ll get back to most of your usual activities.
The procedure may be described as follows:
- Surgeons like Dr. David Crawford will prepare the bone by removing the damaged cartilage at the ends of your femur (thigh bone) and tibia (one of the two bones in your legs). A small part of the underlying bone is also removed.
- Metal implants are cemented or “press-fit” into the bones. These implants recreate the smooth surface of the joints prior to the damage.
- The kneecap is cut and resurfaced using a plastic button. Depending on your case, your surgeon may not perform this step.
- A spacer made of medical-grade plastic is inserted between the metal components, allowing them to glide smoothly against each other, just like normal knees.
The prospect of undergoing surgery may be unsettling for some, but there is no reason to be fearful of knee replacement. It is safe and has effectively improved the condition of many osteoarthritis sufferers through the years that.