Total knee replacement surgery is an excellent solution for those suffering from arthritis and knee joint pain. But what exactly does the process entail? By accessing your knee joint through a small incision on the front of the knee (usually no larger than five or six inches), your orthopedic surgeon can remove the arthritis from the heads of both leg bones.
Once the arthritis is removed, your surgeon then fits a metal cap and soft polyethylene plate to your femur and tibia respectively. This knee replacement implant allows your bones to glide against each other without causing friction or damage, imitating the natural workings of your body's knee joint.
During the surgery, your surgeon will need to cut part of your ACL in order to access the knee joint. If you currently have an intact ACL, consider getting ligament sparing knee replacement surgery instead.