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are there any other total knee replacement options, other than traditional artificial joint replacement surgery?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Yes there was: In an analysis of thirty-seven arthroplasties of the knee, there were eleven good results (30 per cent.), eight fair results (22 per cent.), and eighteen failures (48 per cent.).Journal bone and joint surgery. We used it very rarely.
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: Total knee replacement (tka) surgery is indicated for severe arthritis of the knee that has failed to respond to conservative care. Non-operative options exist such as physical therapy, bracing, injections of cortisone or "visco-supplementation" with medications such as synvisc (hylan g-f 20) or supartz. Robotic assisted partial knee replacement would be considered an alternative to traditional tka surgery.
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 39 years experience
Several choices: Depending on the wear status of the knee, unicompartmental replacement may be an option. Osteotomy (realignment) of the leg may also be an option. As for total knee replacements, there are custom cutting guides, custom implants, and computer navigation options, but none have been shown to be superior to traditional tka performed by an experienced surgeon.

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Have scientists found total knee replacement options, other than traditional artificial joint replacement surgery?

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