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Knee Replacement Specialist

ARC Orthopedic Group

Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in West Hills, CA

When advanced arthritis leads to daily pain and loss of mobility, it’s time to consider getting a knee replacement. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Umesh Bhagia, MD, at ARC Orthopedic Group has extensive experience in minimally invasive partial and total knee replacements, custom knee replacement, and patient-specific techniques that ensure precision and optimal results. If you’re ready to get rid of the pain and return to your daily activities, call the office in West Hills or Thousand Oaks, California, or book an appointment online today.

Knee Replacement Q&A

When would I need a knee replacement?

Knee replacement (knee arthroplasty) is a treatment for advanced arthritis. ARC Orthopedic Group initially treats arthritis with conservative measures such as physical therapy, weight loss, medications, and injections.

However, arthritis is a progressive disease. When it reaches an advanced stage, the joint is so severely damaged that non-surgical treatments fail to ease the pain or improve mobility. That’s when your best treatment option is a partial or total knee replacement.

What is a partial knee replacement?

Your knee joint has three areas: the medial, lateral, and patellofemoral compartments. When you develop osteoarthritis in one compartment, ARC Orthopedic Group performs a partial knee replacement to repair that area.

Replacing one compartment with metal and plastic components relieves your pain, improves knee alignment, and restores function. Additionally, a partial knee replacement preserves the natural ligaments and other tissues in your knee.

What happens during a total knee replacement?

During a total knee replacement, your provider removes the ends of your femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shinbone), cleans away all the damaged tissues, and restructures the bones to fit the knee prosthesis.

The thigh bone receives a metal cap that replicates the natural shape of the bone, while the top of the tibia receives a flat metal piece and an advanced plastic component that serves the role of cartilage. Your provider also resurfaces the underside of your kneecap and covers it with a liner that allows smooth movement.

After a total knee replacement, you have 6-8 weeks of physical therapy. Then you can look forward to many years of an active lifestyle as knee replacements should last about 20 years.

Can I have a minimally invasive knee replacement?

ARC Orthopedic Group uses today’s most advanced technology to perform partial and total knee replacements using minimally invasive techniques. 

Minimally invasive surgery uses smaller incisions than open surgery and preserves ligaments and muscles. As a result, you have less pain and a faster recovery. However, everyone is not a good candidate for a minimally invasive procedure.

ARC Orthopedic Group has expertise in two types of minimally invasive knee replacement surgery: arthroscopic and robotic-assisted knee surgery.

What are the advantages of robotic-assisted knee surgery?

Your provider uses today’s most advanced knee replacement system, VELYS™ Digital Surgery and the VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution. The digital technology captures precise data about your knee joint and uses it to plan and implement an individualized surgery.

VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution serves as an instrument your provider uses to perform your surgery. Integrating the robotic device with digital information means your surgery is precise and personalized to fit your joint, restoring alignment, balance, and mobility.

After VELYS surgery, you use a mobile app that monitors your progress, provides information and support during your recovery, and gives you a direct connection to ARC Orthopedic Group.

To learn if you’re a good candidate for knee replacement, call ARC Orthopedic Group, or book an appointment online today.