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Knee Resurfacing - Viable Alternative to Joint Replacement Surgery?

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Updated July 23, 2011

Question: Knee Resurfacing - Viable Alternative to Joint Replacement Surgery?
Is knee resurfacing a better option for certain patients than total joint replacement?
Answer: Knee resurfacing does not replace the need for total knee replacement. In those patients, however, who are not candidates for a total knee replacement, for medical or other reasons, and who have failed conservative treatment options, resurfacing may be a solution. Because the procedure requires minimum resection, anesthesia and surgery time are shortened -- and risk from complications of surgery are lessened.

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