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Total Knee Replacement


Total Knee Replacement 

Dr. Gallivan uses the Mako Robot while performing total knee replacements. Knee replacement surgery is an elective procedure that involves removing the damaged surfaces of the knee joint and replacing them with metal and plastic components. 

Dr. Gallivan prefers to use a spinal anesthetic during surgery rather than putting patients under general anesthesia, because it is safer for the patient. 

When Should I Decide to Have a Total Knee Replacement? 

Dr. Gallivan believes that there are five main reasons individuals elect to proceed with total knee surgery after attempting non-operative treatment. These include:  

  1. The pain has become unbearable and/or is greater than one wants to live with.   
  2. The pain has impacted quality of life and one is no longer able to achieve their personal functional goals.   
  3. One's overall health, cardiovascular fitness, and longevity is compromised due to the inability to exercise due to pain.   
  4. The patient has complete loss of cartilage in lateral compartment and resulting instability issues are increasing the incidence of falls. 
  5. The patient has a progressive deformity that will impact future positive surgical outcomes. 

Please call Orthopedic Institute of Santa Barbara to discuss the details of a total knee replacement with robotic navigation with board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. William Gallivan.  

Please call Orthopedic Institute of Santa Barbara to book an appointment with board-certified orthopedic surgeon, William Gallivan, MD. 



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