Knee Surgery and Replacement

The knee is the largest joint in the body and one of the most easily injured. It's also one of the most common joints replaced.

The simple act of getting out of bed in the morning can be painful for a person with an injured knee. Whether you're suffering from a past injury or from the gradual wear and tear of arthritis, knee pain can make it difficult for you to maintain an active lifestyle.

Our Knee Doctors and Specialists

The doctors at the Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center are dedicated to treating patients with knee pain and providing them with the treatment to restore quality of life.

Physicians can help patients in a number of ways, including:

  • Physical therapy
  • The latest techniques in minimally invasive surgery
  • Total knee replacement
  • Cutting-edge procedures

Many surgical procedures are done arthroscopically, an important benefit for patients because recovery time is much faster than traditional surgical methods.

Total Joint Replacement

The knee is usually replaced with a combination of cobalt chrome and highly cross-linked polyethylene implants, which have helped to improve success rates. Modular components are now used in knee replacements, allowing for easy "revision" of worn out joints.

In total knee replacement surgery, the damaged ends of the bones that meet at the knee and underside of the kneecap are replaced with an implant. Most knee replacements are cemented into place.

Modern joint replacements have a well-established record for longevity and durability. However, they need to be closely followed for signs of wear and loosening.

New prosthetic components and surgical techniques enable safe and effective correction of potential problems before they get out of hand. We recommend patients come in for a yearly check-up and X-ray so your new joint can be monitored. 

Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center is one of the first hospitals in Northeast Ohio to offer robotic-arm assisted partial and total knee replacements with Stryker’s Mako System.  The Mako Total Knee application is a knee replacement treatment option similar to existing knee replacement techniques already employed by Crystal Clinic joint replacement surgeons. The Mako system is designed to assist surgeons faced with replacing more severely damaged knee joints caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. Through CT-based 3D modeling of bone anatomy, surgeons can use the Mako System to create a personalized surgical plan and identify the implant size, orientation and alignment based on each patient’s unique anatomy. The Mako System also enables surgeons to virtually modify the surgical plan intra-operatively and assists the surgeon in executing bone resections.

A new knee will reduce the amount of pain you’ve experienced. It will also increase your range of motion, allowing you to return to most of your daily activities.

Cartilage / Ligament

If your injury requires more extensive work, Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center surgeons have the technical skill and expertise to repair the problem and get you back to full functionality.

Meniscus tears, among the most common of knee injuries, usually are the result of a traumatic injury. The condition occurs when the knee joint is bent, and the knee is then twisted. It is common for the meniscus tear to occur along with injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament and the medial collateral ligament.

Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center surgeons specialize in repairing meniscus tears and reconstructing knee ligaments, including:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL)
  • Medial collateral ligament (MCL)
  • Lateral collateral ligament (LCL)

Cartilage Transplant / Preservation

Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center’s knee specialists have years of combined experience in performing cartilage transplants. Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center is proud to be one of the first hospitals in Northeast Ohio to offer this procedure to our patients.  So far, three of our physicians are trained in this surgery. Back in the 1990’s, Dr. Timothy Myer was the first surgeon outside of Boston to perform MACI.  Over the last 20 years, he has trained generations of surgeons in this procedure, including both Dr. Raymond Acus, III and Dr. Daniel Myer.  We all work as a team to provide the most efficient care for our patients and their knee preservation needs.

There are many other cartilage preservation procedures being done by Crystal Clinic’s expert surgeons, including osteoarticular transfer system (OATS), microfracture and natural tissue grafting.

Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center physicians are committed to research and innovation in the quest to improve patient care and results. Their surgical skills, experience and knowledge can help you get back to your active lifestyle.

Meet our knee specialists.

Make an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, request an appointment online or call (888) 900-5021.