Joint replacement is removing damaged joint cartilage and underlying bone and replacing it with metal and plastic.

partial knee replacement

Tibiofemoral partial knee replacement, replacing one compartment of the joint.

total knee replacement on model

Model bones to show the components of a total knee replacement. In fact this only shows replacement of the tibiofemoral joints, but the patellofemoral are generally also replaced.

 

Joint replacement in the knee

In the knee the surgeon can replace the whole joint, or part of the joint.

Synonyms: 
Arthroplasty
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Dr Sheila StroverĀ (Editor)
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