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Total Knee Replacement

Knee Replacement in Melbourne: Why It May Be Beneficial For You

OVERVIEW

If your knee is severely damaged by arthritis or injury, it may be hard for you to perform simple activities, such as walking or climbing stairs. You may even begin to feel pain while you are sitting or lying down.  If nonsurgical treatments like medications and using walking supports are no longer helpful, you may want to consider total knee replacement surgery. Joint replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure to relieve pain, correct leg deformity, and will help you resume normal activities.

ANATOMY

The knee replacement process

Dr Slattery uses a lateral incision for knee replacement surgery, as this heals very cosmetically, and allows patients to kneel on their knee replacement. This also reduces numbness at the front of the knee after surgery.

Although this procedure is safe and effective, as with any surgical procedure, total knee replacement surgery comes with its own set of recovery and risk factors. Dr Slattery will discuss these with you during your consultation and will give you all the information you require to make an informed decision.

Left, Normal Knee.  Middle, Knee affected by severe arthritis. Right, Total Knee Replacement – The arthritic cartilage and underlying bone has been removed and resurfaced with metal implants on the femur and tibia, and a plastic spacer between them.
Typical scars on the outside of the knee at 3 months after surgery.

3D Computer Guided Surgery

Dr Slattery is skilled in the use of 3D computer guided surgery, which is where a 3D map is generated of your knee during the operation. Then with computer assistance, highly precise cuts are made and the knee implants are positioned accurately.

Whilst it may take slightly longer than traditional knee replacement, it allows the fine tuning of your knee and can give you improved long term survival of your knee replacement.

Dr Slattery also utilises 3D Printing of Patient Specific Instrumentation for total knee replacement.  This technique involves 3D printing models of your knee with the use of CT or MRI pre operatively, then generating patient specific guides to assist during your operation to assist with implant positioning.

Enquiring about a knee replacement consultation

Dr Slattery believes that clear communication is of vital importance, and endeavours to ensure his patients are well informed about the procedure they will be undergoing. Centred on his patient’s needs, Dr Slattery believes in tailoring treatments suited to each individual. During your knee replacement consultation, at any one of his three Melbourne consulting rooms, you will be guided through the process while being informed of any risks that may be involved with the procedure.

To organise a consultation in Melbourne with Dr Slattery, please contact one of his rooms today. Otherwise, please make an enquiry through the online contact form and we will respond shortly.

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