Located in Newport News, VA, Dr. Snyder has successfully treated thousands of patients with osteoarthritis in the knee, sports injuries, rheumatoid or traumatic arthritis, and more. Dr. Snyder treats each patient as an individual, and thoughtfully considers the proper treatment options, including knee replacement surgery, based on the diagnosis and medical history of each patient as well as their activity level, type of work, and lifestyle.
Conservative treatment options are always considered first. These include anti-inflammatory medications, lifestyle changes, steroid injections and visco-supplementation injections. When osteoarthritis of the knee worsens, non-surgical treatments often become less and less effective. This is when knee replacement surgery, also called knee arthroplasty, should be considered.
If you are diagnosed as needing a knee replacement, you might be a candidate for the partial-knee, custom implants by ConforMIS. These are customized implants, specific to your knee, manufactured using your CT scans, so that they will properly match your anatomy. The result: A more natural-fitting knee, customized for you.
Knee Replacement Surgery
If osteoarthritis has become too severe to be remedied by non-surgical treatment, you may be candidate for knee replacement surgery. Dr. Snyder considers many factors before recommending this procedure, including:
- Imaging results and X-rays
- Impact of pain on your ability to continue working
- Frequency and level of your pain
- Impact of the pain on your ability to continue ordinary recreation and activities
The two knee replacement surgeries used most commonly are partial knee replacement, also called partial knee resurfacing, and total knee replacement, also called total knee arthroplasty.
Partial Knee Replacement
Knee resurfacing or partial knee replacement surgery treats only the parts of your knee that are affected by osteoarthritis. You may require either a unicompartmental (one compartment) or a bicompartmental (two compartments) knee arthroplasty procedure.
A partial knee replacement offers unique benefits when compared to total knee replacement. These include a possibly shorter surgery time and recovery time.
Total Knee Replacement
If your osteoarthritis is so severe that it affects all three knee compartments, a total knee replacement will be necessary. The total knee replacement procedure replaces all your knee joint compartments surgically. These include the inside (medial), outside (lateral) and front (patellofemoral) parts of the knee, including the kneecap. Patients typically walk several hours after surgery, are released to go home the same day or next day from the hospital and return to work within three to six weeks.