Stop Living with Joint Pain. Get Back to Doing What You Love!

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting tens of millions of people worldwide. It is a degenerative joint disease characterized by the breakdown and eventual loss of joint cartilage. The breakdown and wearing away of cartilage causes the bones
to rub together resulting in extreme pain. 



Symptoms of Osteoarthritis in the Knee: 
  • Knee pain associated with:
    • Standing or walking short distances
    • Climbing up or down stairs
    • Sitting in or standing up out of chairs
  • Initial pain and/or stiffness with activities initiated from a sitting position
  • Stiffness in the knee after getting out of bed
  • A crunching sensation when the knee is used
Anatomy of the Knee:
Your knee consists of three “compartments” or sections: Osteoarthritis can affect one, two or all three compartments.

1 Lateral compartment (outer half of your knee)
2 Medial compartment (inner half of your knee)
3 Patellofemoral compartment (behind the knee cap)


Understand Your Options: Total vs. Partial Knee Replacement 

Total Knee Replacement 
  • In traditional total knee replacement, the full knee is replaced with a metal implant, which requires significant bone removal. This can limit your future treatment options. 
  • Tricompartmental procedures treat osteoarthritis in all three compartments of the knee. 
Partial Knee Replacement
Partial knee implants target only those compartments actually affected by the disease.

  • Unicompartmental procedures treat osteoarthritis in the medial or lateral compartment of the knee.
  • Bicompartmental procedures treat osteoarthritis in the medial and patellofemoral or lateral and patellofemoral compartments. 

If you or someone you know is suffering from joint pain, then joint replacement, be it total or partial may be an option. GMC offers ConforMIS implants which have a unique advantage: they’re personalized.  

The ConforMIS approach gives you notably more bone preservation than traditional variations so you’re able to preserve your knee for possible future treatment options. You may also experience faster recovery time and reduced post-operative pain.

To learn more about your options, visit gwinnettjointprogram.com.

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