Arthroplasty surgery

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I hope someone can answer this question I have a 75 year old significant other who has two very bad knees he has gone to one orthopedic doctor who recommended a tkr he went to see his medical doctor who told him that he needed a second opinion and gave him the name of a doctor to go see that this doctor does a procedure in patients over 75 the procedure is arthroplasty and I was wondering exactly what that is and is it just as good as having a a tkr? both of his knees are bad and he has to have surgery on them both so any advice I can get it would be very helpful thank you

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    An arthroplasty IS a knee replacement so I"m not sure what this doctor is referring to. Are you sure you have the correct name of the procedure?

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    My understanding is that this can be anything from knee replacement or where joint is remodeled or realigned by osteotomy or some other procedure. Best wishes to you both!

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    He may be referring to arthroscopy.

    As far as I know this doesn't last very long but you can research it.

    This is from a website called UpToDate:

    Arthroscopy — Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a doctor examines the inside of a joint with a device called an arthroscope. The doctor can repair any damage through small surgical incisions in the skin. Arthroscopy is only helpful for a certain type of knee problems. Arthroscopic surgery has not demonstrated significant benefit for patients with osteoarthritis [2].

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    you may mean when they have a look and tidy up meniscus , minimally invasive but not always effective ! i had it a waste of time .

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    What you describe is a Total Knee Replacement. It is a serious operation and takes a long time to heal completely, so you need to think this through before under going. If your significant other is healthy and active, this surgery can be a blessing! I am 63 and had it done on my right knee almost 3 months ago. I am fairly healthy and am pretty active. I still work outside the home and am on my feet, alot. That being said, I still have difficulties doing things and will continue to be going to physical therapy after I return to work. To have this surgery is not an easy decision, so please find out all you can about the plus and minuses and good luck to you both.

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