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Department of Orthopedics

Department of Orthopedics

Knee Pain

What's causing it—and what we can do about it

We specialize in minimally invasive knee surgery, a quadriceps-sparing technique that allows rapid rehabilitation following total knee replacement, including faster return to full knee motion with markedly improved pain control and shorter hospital stays. 

In other words, we can perform a total knee arthroplasty—resurfacing the femur, tibia, and knee cap, as well as re-aligning the leg—through a small incision.

Learn about the anatomy of the knee, common conditions we see, our approach, and additional resources.

Anatomy of the Knee

The knee is the largest and strongest joint in your body. It is made up of the lower end of the femur (thigh bone), the upper end of the tibia (shin bone), and the patella (kneecap). 

The three bones meet at your knee joint, where they are covered with a smooth substance known as articular cartilage. This protects and cushions the bones as you move, and that in turn is surrounded by a thin sack that provides nutrition to the cartilage.

Common Conditions

Learn more about common knee conditions we see, including an overview, cause, symptoms, and treatment.

Surgical Approach

We always strive for the least invasive procedure possible.

Facilitated through advanced knee instrumentation tools designed by innovative surgeons and engineers, the technique we use is performed without cutting any major muscle or tendon in the front of the knee cap. This decreases post-operative pain and leaves quadriceps muscle strength above the knee almost fully intact the day after surgery. This also facilitates more comfortable range of motion and rapid return to bending, standing, and walking without a walker or crutches.

Like the two-incision total hip arthroplasty, minimally invasive total knee arthroplasty is not for everyone. Consult with your physician if interested in this recent advance in surgery.

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