Louisville’s Destination for Knee Care and Knee Replacement Surgery
Norton Orthopedic Institute is the leading provider of orthopedic care, including knee care and knee replacement surgery, in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Our more than 80 providers, including board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic physicians, are innovators in new techniques — such as robotic-assisted knee replacement — that can get you moving faster and with less pain.
Treatment options range from physical therapy and medication to surgical repairs to partial or total knee replacement. Our skilled providers will listen to you and use their experience to recommend the best solution.
Expertise That Gets You Back Your Life
We care for thousands of people with knee conditions every year. That means our providers have the commitment and experience to give you a precise diagnosis and get you moving again with less pain and fewer complications.
In fact, more than 85% of our joint replacement patients are up and walking within four hours of the procedure.
Depending on your condition, the extent of any arthritis and your health history, your provider may recommend a partial knee replacement or a total knee replacement.
Robotic-assisted Knee Replacement
In a robotic-assisted knee replacement procedure, your surgeon performs the operation with assistance from a robot that is preprogrammed with the precise details of your unique anatomy to install an artificial knee with more accuracy, which can result in a more natural feel. The robotic assistance works from conventional X-rays — not higher-radiation computed tomography (CT) scans — to map your exact anatomy to customize the fit of the knee joint.
Norton Orthopedic Institute is the first in the Louisville area to use the ROSA Knee System. Our orthopedic surgeons have been through extensive training and gained valuable experience performing successful surgeries using this leading-edge technology.
Before a robotic-assisted knee replacement, X-rays will be used to create a 3D model of your existing knee, allowing your surgeon to plan specifics of the operation beforehand.
During surgery, the robot only moves at your surgeon’s direction. A camera and optical trackers in the robot can detect the most minute twitch or movement in your knee and adjust accordingly, helping ensure your surgeon’s plan is executed correctly. A stream of data about your knee during surgery helps your doctor implant the new knee in a way that conforms to your individual anatomy.
After surgery, most patients are up and walking around within hours. Depending on your particular situation, you may be hospitalized one to three days. You can expect to be able to drive after two weeks, garden after three or four weeks and play golf after six to eight weeks.
Partial vs. Total Knee Replacement
In a partial knee replacement, the surgeon removes either the inside (medial) or outside (lateral) compartments of the knee joint. The surgeon then replaces it with artificial parts.
In a total knee replacement, the surgeon will replace the ends of the femur and tibia with metal and plastic pieces. The surgeon may place a plastic button on the back of the kneecap to replace worn-out cartilage.
Your insurance company may require you to try physical therapy and injections before any surgery.
Care That’s Focused on You
- Minimally invasive procedures can have you home quickly, potentially with less pain and faster recovery.
- Sophisticated pain management aims to keep you comfortable and safe.
- We have a deep commitment to getting you moving again and managing your pain so you can keep up with your physical therapy.
- Norton Orthopedic Institute Joint Class is a chance for you to learn about what to expect if you’re having knee surgery. You’ll get help preparing yourself and your home for your recovery. You’ll learn ways to minimize pain and recover faster.
- With 30 orthopedic locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana, we have specialists near you.
- Communicate with your provider, manage appointments, refill prescriptions and more anytime from a computer or mobile device with a free MyNortonChart account.