The Kennedy Center for the Hip and Knee is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in total knee replacement. Dr. McLaughlin has presented his long-term results using titanium total knee replacements at multiple national medical meetings.
After 16 years, over 95% of the Kennedy Center’s knee replacements are going strong. The titanium implants used at the Kennedy Center have been successful with any type of patient: young, old, highly active and those who are overweight. With new and improved bearing surfaces, Dr. McLaughlin believes that most knee replacements should last 20-30 years.
Over the years, the Kennedy Center has continually introduced new and improved procedures for knee replacement surgery including smaller, less invasive surgical techniques. Perhaps most important is the Kennedy Center’s pain management program. The Kennedy Center surgeons, working with the pain management specialists at Mercy, have developed sophisticated pain control programs that are tailored to each individual patient. Our goal is a fast recovery, less pain and a knee replacement that will last most patients a lifetime.
Leading the way in innovative technology, The Kennedy Center now offers knee resurfacing to appropriate patients.
Typically, patients come to The Kennedy Center complaining of knee pain after exercising, being on their feet all day or walking up and down stairs. Knee resurfacing was specifically designed for younger, active people with early stage osteoarthritis.
The procedure employs a minimally invasive technique to resurface only the damaged part of a patient’s knee and thus makes it far less invasive and expensive than traditional knee replacement surgery. Knee resurfacing is designed to be very bone and cartilage sparing so it will not “burn a bridge” should additional surgery be required years later.
At The Kennedy Center for the Hip & Knee, our surgeons have the experience to evaluate your medical condition and develop a plan of care tailored to you and your lifestyle.
Partial knee replacement is a minimally invasive procedure that replaces only one side of the knee joint. A partial knee implant can preserve the healthy bone, cartilage and ligaments, potentially preventing or delaying the need for total knee replacement.
Partial knee replacement is designed for younger people with osteoarthritis or avascular necrosis who require a knee replacement but are typically too young or too active to be candidates for a total knee replacement. This procedure is also appropriate for older people who have a single area of the knee that is arthritic. Partial knee replacement using the Oxford, Prelude or Repecci knee systems gives younger patients the option for a more active life with less pain and more mobility.
Patients have a shorter hospital stay, have less blood loss during surgery, experience less pain, and most patients can return to work or recreational activities faster.
Patellofemoral Knee Resurfacing is a procedure that resurfaces the worn patella (kneecap) and the trochlea (the groove at the end of the thighbone) to reduce or alleviate arthritis pain. The surgery is best for patients with patellofemoral joint arthritis who are too young or too active for a total knee replacement.
The benefits of this procedure include reducing trauma to healthy bone and tissue during surgery, smaller incisions, less blood loss and less post-operative pain than in a total knee replacement. The patellofemoral implant is much smaller than a total knee implant and does not interfere with the surrounding healthy knee structure.
A torn meniscus is one of the most common knee problems seen at the Kennedy Center and across the United States.
There are two basic types of meniscus tears:
Before considering surgery, you should try a conservative approach to knee pain. The Kennedy Center recommends you follow the RICE protocol:
We also suggest you use an over the counter anti-inflammatory such as Motrin, Advil or Aleve to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
If your pain and swelling do not improve after 10-14 days of conservative treatment, you should make an appointment with one of the experienced doctors at the Kennedy Center.
Our doctors will order x-rays and possibly an MRI to determine the exact problem you are experiencing. If conservative treatment hasn’t helped, your surgeon may recommend outpatient meniscus surgery.
All the surgeons at the Kennedy Center perform meniscus surgery using arthroscopic surgery. This is done on an outpatient basis where you come in for surgery in the morning and are home the same afternoon or evening. Arthroscopic surgery involves several small incisions that eliminate the need for a large cut through muscle and tissue.
Recovery time depends on the severity of the tear and on each individual. Typical recovery time is between four and six weeks. Your physician may refer you to physical therapy to strengthen the muscles that support your knee.