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Center for Joint Replacement

Knee Replacement Surgery

As West Michigan's leader in knee replacement procedures, Spectrum Health's Center for Joint Replacement helps more people relieve their knee pain and get back to enjoying everyday activities than any other area health care provider. Our results are also among the best in the U.S.

Total Knee Replacement

During knee replacement surgery, also called knee resurfacing, a small layer of bone and damaged cartilage is removed. Artificial implants made of metal and plastic are put in place to replicate the knee joint. With a total knee replacement procedure, the damaged cartilage on the end of the thigh bone (femur), top of the shin bone (tibia), and back of knee cap (patella) is removed and replaced with artificial implants.

Partial Knee Replacement

Partial knee replacement is a less invasive alternative to total knee replacement, making it a good option for some patients. With this procedure, only the part of the knee joint that is damaged by arthritis is replaced or resurfaced. Usually, this area is located on the inside (medial) of the knee joint.

Advantages of partial knee replacement, as compared to a total knee replacement, may include:

  • Less pain and discomfort
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter recovery times
  • Better range of motion
  • More natural feeling knee
  • Greater joint stability

Robotic Technology for Partial Knee Replacement

The newest treatment option available at our Center for Joint Replacement is a minimally invasive, robotic-assisted partial knee replacement procedure called MAKOplasty®. In fact, orthopaedic surgeons at Spectrum Health were the first in Michigan to perform this innovative surgery that uses computer navigation and a surgeon-guided robotic arm system to more accurately prepare the bone surface and align the artificial joint implant.

Learn more about robotic-assisted partial knee replacement at Spectrum Health.

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