Total Knee Arthroplasty Specialist

OrthoLinks Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Tampa, FL

When arthritis or injury is affecting your ability to walk and causing chronic knee pain, Dr. G. Jason Hunt at OrthoLinks Orthopedics and Rehabilitation in Tampa, Florida, can help. Dr. Hunt offers minimally invasive total knee arthroplasty procedures to replace your damaged knee joint. Together with his team, he provides comprehensive surgical care to improve the health of your knee and enhance your mobility. Learn more about the benefits of total knee arthroplasty surgery by scheduling a consultation online or calling the office directly today.

Total Knee Arthroplasty Q & A

What is a total knee arthroplasty?

Total knee arthroplasty, or knee replacement surgery, is a procedure to remove the damaged part of your knee and replace it with a new, artificial device.

The artificial knee looks and functions like your natural knee joint and can provide you with long-term relief from pain and restricted movement issues.

Am I a candidate for total knee arthroplasty?

Dr. Hunt may recommend this procedure if knee pain and restricted movement is making it difficult for you to work or perform your daily tasks. These issues may be the result of:

  • Injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

After a careful review of your medical history and current condition, Dr. Hunt performs a thorough evaluation of your knee health to determine if surgery is right for you. He may also order blood tests to ensure knee surgery is a safe option for you.

To create a surgical treatment plan, Dr. Hunt may need imaging tests such as an X-ray or CT scan of your knee prior to surgery.

What can I expect during a total knee arthroplasty?

Dr. Hunt uses minimally invasive surgical techniques to remove the knee joint and replace it with an artificial one. This type of surgery requires only small incisions near the treatment site and uses tiny surgical tools that allow Dr. Hunt more precision when replacing the joint.

During the procedure, Dr. Hunt prepares the bone by removing surrounding damaged cartilage. He replaces the affected bone with artificial parts that create the surface of the joint. He resurfaces your kneecap and inserts a spacer to help your knee slide smoothly during movement.

What are the benefits of total knee arthroplasty?

If you experience chronic knee pain due to a damaged knee joint, total knee arthroplasty can effectively reduce your pain level both immediately and in the long term.

If you have difficulties walking, sitting, or standing up due to a diseased or damaged knee joint, total knee arthroplasty can help increase your overall functionality. Replacement surgery may make it possible for you to participate in strenuous activities again, such as sports or manual labor work.

Additionally, the minimally invasive techniques Dr. Hunt uses in surgery ensure you heal quickly and are at reduced risk for infection, blood clots, and other surgical complications.

To find out if you’re a candidate for total knee arthroplasty, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Hunt online or by calling OrthoLinks Orthopedics and Rehabilitation today.