Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Several Options Available for Total Knee Replacement

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Several Options Available for Total Knee Replacement

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Dear Doctor K: I am going to have my knee replaced. What types of artificial knee joints are available?

Dear Reader: The knee is a joint formed by the bottom end of the thigh bone and the top ends of two bones of the lower leg. When the ends of the bones that form the joint become damaged, they can be removed and replaced. That's total knee replacement, and it is major surgery.

Options include different combinations of hard polished metal, hard ceramic, and tough, slick plastic:

- Metal-on-metal. These implants were developed to last longer than other implants. But metal-on-metal implants may cause inflammation and pain. Worse, they may shed harmful microscopic bits of metal into the bloodstream. …

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