Knee replacement surgery may be recommended if you have severe knee pain and disability from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or a traumatic injury. This replacement can relieve pain and help you live a fuller, more active life.

For simplicity, the knee is considered a “hinge” joint because of its ability to bend and straighten like a hinged door. The motion of the knee is complex as the surfaces actually roll and glide as the knee bends. Newer implant designs recognize the complexity of the joint and similarly mimic the motion of a normal knee.

Recent developments in knee replacement designs include “gender specific” implants. A number of studies indicate that there are significant differences in shape and proportions of a woman’s knee from those of a man. Dr. Tioco uses a “gender specific” implant (i.e. – “Female Knee”) that fits each patient’s normal anatomy.