The knee is one of the largest working joints of the body. When something goes wrong with your knee, the problem can seriously impact your entire body and your ability to perform normal activities. When the joint is severely damaged due to arthritis or other problems, knee replacement surgery may be recommended. Annually, more than 250,000 Americans undergo joint replacement surgery for a new knee. This procedure can greatly improve your quality of life by relieving pain associated with a knee problem, allowing you to live a fuller, more active life.
The Orthopedic Arthroplasty Service at UCSF Medical Center includes a team of orthopedic surgeons with expertise in joint replacement of the hip, knee and shoulder called arthroplasty. In addition, there are physician’s assistants, nurses and physical therapists who are specially trained in the care of patients with joint replacements. We all work together to provide comprehensive management of arthritis in these joints, including total joint replacement.
We have a long history performing joint replacement surgery that goes back to when the technique was first developed in the late 1960s. Over the years, the technology has continued to evolve and we currently offer the latest advancements in joint replacement therapy — many of which aren’t available at other medical centers. In addition, UCSF surgeons are involved in the design and development of new surgical implants and techniques to improve results following total knee replacements.