Total Knee Arthroplasty is the same as Total Knee Replacment. The word arthroplasty comes from the latin –“arthro” meaning “joint”, and “plasty” meaning to” form or make” (so..to make a new joint).
Any joint in the body can have an arthroplasty, it is a very general term. Partial knee replacement ( also called unicompartmental replacement) is another form of knee arthroplasty. Dr. Kozinn performs both types of lnee arthroplasty at the Scottsdale Joint Center.
We have been in practice for 27 years, and have exceptional experience in complicated cases. If you have been suffering with knee pain, you should come in for an appointment, get a standing X-ray ( so we can see the joint space narrowing), and discuss your options for care. Total knee arthroplasty results are getting better and better. While it is impossible to predict in any specific case how long a given total knee will last, a fair average with modern techniques at this time is 25 years or more, in my opinion.
Waiting until you are older in the hopes that you will outlive your joint, does not seem to be the best strategy to getting back as soon as possible to a more productive life. Please visit out additional website at www.TotalKnee.org for more information of Total Knee arthroplasty.