Matt Gavin, MD
Orthopedics & Sports Medicine located in Leesburg, VA
Severe knee pain that doesn’t improve with conservative treatments may indicate it’s finally time to consider surgery. An orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician, Matt Gavin, MD, specializes in partial and total knee replacement surgery at his practice in Leesburg, Virginia. If persistent knee pain is negatively affecting your quality of life, call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gavin today.
Knee Replacement Q & A
What is knee replacement surgery?
Knee replacement surgery, or knee arthroplasty, involves removing damaged bone and cartilage from your knee and replacing it with a prosthesis. The artificial joint is made of high-grade plastics and metal alloys and performs the function of your real knee.
Depending on your condition, Dr. Gavin may recommend one of the following knee replacement procedures:
- Total knee replacement to replace your entire knee joint
- Partial knee replacement to replace tissue on either side of your knee or kneecap
- MAKOplasty® partial knee replacement with the assistance of a robotic arm system
When is knee replacement necessary?
Severe pain from osteoarthritis is the most common reason for knee replacement surgery. If you have problems walking, climbing stairs, or getting in and out of chairs, you could be a candidate for knee replacement surgery.
Dr. Gavin may recommend knee replacement if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Knee pain or stiffness that interferes with daily activities
- Moderate to severe knee pain while resting
- Knee deformities or bowing
- Inflammation and swelling in your knees that doesn’t improve with treatment
- Inability to sleep through the night due to knee pain
- Knee pain that doesn’t respond to other treatments and therapies
What is involved in a knee replacement procedure?
Dr. Gavin’s approach to knee replacement varies on a case-by-case basis depending on your circumstances. Before he recommends knee surgery, Dr. Gavin spends time with you to determine the best plan of treatment for your individual needs.
His evaluation of your condition involves a comprehensive physical examination and thorough review of your medical history. He may want to look at diagnostic images of your knee, such as an X-ray or MRI.
Knee replacement involves four basic steps. First, Dr. Gavin removes the damaged cartilage from the surface of your femur and tibia, as well as a small amount of the bone underneath. Then, he replaces the cartilage with a metal implant that resurfaces the joint.
Depending on your condition, he may then resurface your patella, or kneecap. Finally, Dr. Gavin places a plastic space in between the metal implants in your new knee joint.
If you suffer from knee pain that interferes with your daily life, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gavin today.