Frequently Asked Questions

How much bone is removed for a knee replacement?

The term total knee replacement sounds somewhat drastic. This operation would be better named a surface replacement of the knee. The remaining cartilage and approximately 5-10 mm of bone is removed from the ends of all of the bones: femur , tibia , and patella. Three artificial component surfaces are then fixed to the ends of these bones. The anterior cruciate ligament and sometimes the posterior cruciate ligament are removed when this surgery is performed. Much less bone is removed in a partial knee replacement (unicompartmental knee replacement , UKR).

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If you are interested in determining if you are a candidate for surgery, please mail your completed new patient forms to the office and include a digital x-ray.

Dr. Gross will call you back to discuss your options.

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