Practice News

Difference Between Partial and Total Knee Replacement

Dr. Kozinn explains the difference between a partial knee replacement and total knee replacement, and why a partial knee replacement might be the right choice for some patients.

Total Knee Replacement

I have noticed that my patients are getting better and better results from their knee replacements. I have been doing total knees in private practice for 26 years, so I have a good experience to look back on. i will give some credit to the rotating platform total knee, which I think has many advantages over fixed bearing knees. Besides being able to rotate more from side to side, I believe it has a “self-centering” function that helps balance the knee, particularly when the implants rotate going from full extension to full flexion. I see much less evidence of instability and excellent range of motion. The recovery also seems to be faster to me.  The good news is, Total Knee Replacement is getting better – you should have yours done by a qualified joint replacement expert- one that does over 100 total knees a year, and has done a joint replacement fellowship.

Getting the best Total Joint Replacement

Most people will spend more time shopping for a new watch or car than they will picking out their joint replacement surgeon. WHY?! Medicine may seem mysterious to the public, but like ANY other field there are sub-specialists and recognized experts in each field of surgery, It just makes common sense to find the BEST surgeon you can find. Look at credentials. Any doctor should be willing to publish their CV on their website, or ask the receptionist for a copy in their office.

Dr. Kozinn has done a Total Joint fellowship at Harvard Medical School, and has been teaching joint replacement techniques to other orthopedic surgeons for 26 years. He does over 300 total hips and over 300 total knees EACH year! He is the Medical Director of a 5 Star Total Joint Center at Scottsdale Osborn. Research has shown that high volume institutions get better results that facilities who only do a few joint replacements a year. Dr. Kozinn is the kind of surgeon that you want to do your total joint!  He works right here in Scottsdale, Arizona. Why would you want to go anywhere else for your total hip or total knee?

Total Shoulder Replacement

In the last few years, better technology and implants have greatly improved the results of shoulder replacement. Previously many patients suffered with chronic shoulder pain, because of fear of surgical failures. Newer implants in the hands of very skilled specially trained surgeons can now give great results! In additon to the classic full shoulder replacement consisting of a metal ball on the humerus, and a plastic socket on the glenoid (scapula); we now have the reverse shoulder replacement. the reverse is a remarkable advance that now will compensate for a deficient or chronicly torn rotator cuff. in the past, patients with long standing cuff tears had no good options, as the muscular cuff is what controls and stabilizes the shoulder joint. The Reverse TSR uses an anatomical trick to move the center of rotation of the shoulder distally, thereby tensioning the Deltoid muscle, which can no lift and rotate the shoulder without an intact cuff. Amazing! Please read more about the amazing shoulder replacement results at our Facebook page – www.Facebook.com/ShoulderReplacement. Or come in for an evaluation!

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