Joint replacement is removing damaged joint cartilage and underlying bone and replacing it with metal and plastic.
|Tibiofemoral partial knee replacement, replacing one compartment of the joint.||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.
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