Total Knee Replacement Specialist

Anthony  J  Berni, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Anthony J Berni, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in O’Fallon, MO

When knee pain from arthritis or an injury makes it nearly impossible for you to walk or climb stairs, it may be time to consider total knee replacement. Anthony J. Berni, MD, in O’Fallon, Missouri, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in total knee replacement surgeries. Dr. Berni uses many tools and techniques so you get the best outcome. Find out more about your total knee replacement options by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.

Total Knee Replacement Q&A

What is a total knee replacement?

A total knee replacement is a surgical procedure for the treatment of knee arthritis. During a total knee replacement, Dr. Berni removes the damaged knee joint and replaces it with prosthetic parts.

Am I a candidate for total knee replacement?

Dr. Berni can determine if you’re a candidate for a total knee replacement after a consultation. Though a skilled orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Berni takes a conservative approach to care and may recommend nonsurgical treatments to alleviate knee pain before recommending surgery.

You may be a candidate for a total knee replacement if medical treatments no longer provide significant relief from your knee pain or if you have:

  • Severe knee pain that makes it hard to walk or climb stairs
  • Moderate to severe knee pain at rest
  • Chronic inflammation and swelling in your knee
  • A knee deformity

Dr. Berni also takes your personal needs and outside support systems into consideration when deciding if total knee replacement makes a good choice for you. 

How is a total knee replacement performed?

Dr. Berni uses many methods and techniques to perform a total knee replacement. His goal is to perform the procedure that provides you with the best possible outcomes, including:

Non-cemented total knee replacement

For a non-cemented total knee replacement, also known as press-fit prosthesis, Dr. Berni uses a prosthetic device that encourages new bone growth to secure the implant. 

These implants have microscopic pores that allow your own bone to grow through the prosthetic device, helping hold it in place. 

Outpatient total knee replacement

Dr. Berni also performs outpatient total knee replacement. Advancements in surgical anesthesia, minimally invasive surgical techniques, and initiation of rehabilitation protocols soon after surgery make it possible to have a total knee replacement and go home the same day.

During the procedure, Dr. Berni uses small incisions and special tools to minimize soft tissue damage when removing the damaged portion of your knee to ensure you get a perfect fit for your implant. He then places the implants, examines the knee, and closes the incision. 

What happens after total knee replacement?

What you can expect after your total knee replacement depends on the type of procedure Dr. Berni performs. 

Initial recovery following outpatient total knee replacement may take 2-4 weeks, while initial recovery following non-cemented total knee replacement may take 2-3 months. With either procedure, Dr. Berni prescribes physical therapy to support recovery.

To schedule your total knee replacement consultation, call the office of Anthony J. Berni, MD, or book an appointment online today.