The knees are the strongest joints in the human body, allowing the legs to bend and straighten while carrying almost all of the weight of the individual when they are standing. The knees are a hinge joint, but still have substantial capacity for lateral (side-to-side) motion.
As an active, weight-bearing joint, the knee is a source of pain and problems for many people. This pain may be acute or chronic and may be a result of injury, overuse or growth. It can stem from the tendons, ligaments, bones, cartilage or any other structure within the knee. Arthritis is one of the most common and crippling conditions to affect the knee joint.
Get informed about knee surgery
Click on the links below to read more about the following topics related to knee surgery:
- Anatomy of the knee. Learn about how the knee works.
- Arthritis of the knee joint. Read about how arthritis affects the knee.
- Diagnosing knee arthritis. Find out how our team diagnoses knee arthritis.
- Treating knee arthritis. Learn about how specialists can treat and manage arthritis.
- About knee replacement. Read about knee replacement surgery.
- Types of knee surgery. Learn about some of the most common types of knee procedures.
- Knee parts and materials. Get informed about the parts and materials used in modern knee surgery.
- Before knee surgery. Find out how to be prepared for your knee surgery.
- Day of knee surgery. Find out what to expect on the day of your knee replacement procedure.
- After knee surgery. Learn about recovery from knee surgery, and what you can realistically expect.
- Life with an artificial knee. Read about what may be different – as well as the same – for life after a knee replacement.