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Total Knee Replacement

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At UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin, our orthopedic surgeons provide a full range of services for patients with knee problems, including knee replacement surgery.
The knee is a vulnerable joint that bears a great deal of stress from everyday activities such as lifting and kneeling, and from high-impact activities such as jogging and aerobics. Each bone end is covered with a layer of cartilage that acts as a "cushion" to absorb shock and protect the knee. Excess stress on the joint can cause cartilage in the joint to gradually wear away.
For UW Health patients with chronic, debilitating pain caused by knee arthritis, total knee replacement surgery is designed to provide relief, restore function and generally improve the patient's quality of life.
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X-ray Images of Total and Partial Knee Replacement

Total Knee Replacement Patient Testimonial


Dubuque's Paul Uhrlich underwent total knee replacement in 2010. He talks about the experience and his surgeon, Dr. Richard Illgen.


UW Health Orthopedic Surgery: Total knee replacement patient Paul


Virtual Knee Surgery


Learn more about knee replacement and put yourself in an orthopedic surgeon's shoes at, a fun and interactive educational video Web site.