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    Surgery

    Surgical treatment for knee joint pain includes arthroscopic surgery, open-knee surgery (osteotomy and arthroplastyArthroplasty
    The operative formation or restoration of a joint
    ) and knee replacement surgery. The type of surgery performed depends on the extent of damage to the knee.

    ArthritisArthritis
    Inflammation of a joint or joints resulting in pain, swelling and stiffness
    surgery is performed when people with severe osteoarthritisOsteoarthritis
    Arthritis typically with onset during middle or old age that is characterized by degenerative (gradual deterioration of joint) and sometimes abnormal growth in the bone and cartilage of one or more joints and a progressive wearing down of opposing joint surfaces with consequent distortion of joint position and is marked symptomatically especially by pain, swelling, and stiffness; abbreviation (OA)
    have significant cartilageCartilage
    A usually translucent somewhat elastic tissue that composes most of the skeleton
    loss and can no longer get pain relief from medication, injections or other knee joint pain treatment methods.

    Arthroscopy

    Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical treatment for knee joint pain in which an arthroscopeArthroscope
    An instrument for visualizing the interior of a hollow organ that is inserted through an incision near a joint (as the knee) and is used for the visual examination, diagnosis, and treatment of the interior of a joint
    is inserted through a small incision to examine the knee joint and remove small, loosened and floating pieces of cartilage called “joint debris.”

    Osteotomy

    In an osteotomy procedure, the bone is cut above or below the knee joint and realigned to a better position.The benefits of osteotomy surgery may decrease over time as the degree of osteoarthritis worsens.

    Knee Replacement

    Knee replacement surgery replaces part or all of the damaged knee joint with metal or plastic implants. Your doctor may recommend knee replacement surgery for pain relief and increased mobility when non-surgical knee joint pain treatment methods are no longer effective.

    Learn more about knee replacement at kneereplacement.com