Patient Information Resources

1089 Spadina Road
Toronto, AL M5N 2M7
Ph: 416-483-2654
Fax: 416-483-2654

Child Orthopedics
Spine - Cervical
Spine - Lumbar
Spine - Thoracic

View Web RX

« Back

When a knee replacement is done, how are the replacements attached to the patient's bone?

Many times, orthopedic surgery - bone surgery - is compared to carpentry. When doing a joint replacement, the surgeon has to cut out the joint that is to be replaced and insert the prosthesis, the replacement.

To attach the replacement, there are pieces of hardware that are specific to each type of prosthesis and the type of bone to which it is to be attached. There is also surgical cement that is used to stabilize the replacements.

Most of the time, these pieces of hardware hold the prosthesis as they are intended to do, but there are situations where the hardware can fail or break, causing pain and mobility problems. When this happens, revision surgery is usually needed.


« Back

*Disclaimer:*The information contained herein is compiled from a variety of sources. It may not be complete or timely. It does not cover all diseases, physical conditions, ailments or treatments. The information should NOT be used in place of visit with your healthcare provider, nor should you disregard the advice of your health care provider because of any information you read in this topic.

All content provided by eORTHOPOD® is a registered trademark of Mosaic Medical Group, L.L.C.. Content is the sole property of Mosaic Medical Group, LLC and used herein by permission.