As an active, weight-bearing joint, the knee is a source of pain and problems for many people. No matter the cause of your knee pain, let the experts at University of Missouri Health Care tailor a solution to help relieve your pain. 

Knee pain

Our compassionate orthopaedic surgeons provide complete care for your knee pain. At MU Health Care’s Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, we offer all the orthopaedic services you need under one roof — from diagnosis to surgery to physical therapy. Our facility is specially designed to make your care easy and comfortable.

We offer a variety of nonsurgical treatment options designed to reduce your knee pain. These treatments may include:

  • Building strength through physical therapy
  • Medicine injections
  • Weight loss support 

If these treatments cannot relieve your knee pain, our adult reconstruction specialists provide a full array of surgical treatment options for knee conditions.

Knee Preservation

In cases where your knee cartilage is healthy, our experts can work to preserve your healthy tissue by using minimally invasive techniques to repair your knee function. All of our treatments involve physical therapy to help reestablish your mobility and build your strength. 

Knee arthroscopy

If your knee has sustained damage to its supporting tissue (the meniscus), you may experience pain or locking/catching symptoms. Minimally invasive arthroscopic knee surgery may be helpful to remove or repair the damaged tissue. During the procedure, your orthopaedic surgeon will use a few small incisions and specialized tools to remove or repair your cartilage.

Knee osteotomy

If your knee is not aligned, our experienced surgeons can reposition the joint. We use these procedures when a single compartment of the knee is involved and when good cartilage remains in the knee joint.

During an osteotomy, your orthopaedic surgeon will remove part of the bone around your knee. He or she will then realign the knee joint and hold it in position using a plate and screws. This realignment helps your knee work as it should and relieves stress on your cartilage.

Knee Replacement

When you need knee replacement surgery, we are here to help you determine the best option to get you back to the activities you love. We offer several options:

Partial knee replacement

If cartilage is damaged on just one side of your knee, you are a candidate for partial knee replacement. During partial knee replacement, your physician will remove the damaged cartilage from your knee. The surgeon will then place metal implants over the surface of the bones in the knee joint and a plastic spacer between the two metal pieces. These implants will act as your new joint.

Total knee replacement

If the cartilage throughout your knee is damaged, you’ll need a total knee replacement. During this surgery, metal and plastic implants replace the entire knee joint.

Outpatient knee replacement

Having a knee replaced used to require several days in the hospital. Today, some patients can have an outpatient joint replacement, either going home on the day of surgery or the next day less than 24 hours after surgery.

Knee Replacement Surgery