One of the most promising techniques is managing your arthritis knee pain before you need to have a knee replacement. A very new procedure has given many arthritis pain sufferers up to 6-8 years of relief before needing to consider surgery.  This is called an embolization and is discussed in detail here.  

Knee replacement surgery has changed significantly over the past 5 years. We have better prostheses, better pain management, and better exposure techniques — all of which may improve your overall recovery.

We rarely need to cut muscle to approach the knee … the muscle-sparing approach.

We use computer navigation equipment or robotics to improve the chances that the placement of the knee prosthesis will be as close to “perfect” as possible.

We have many more choices about the type of prosthesis we can use to better match your needs … based on your size, your age and activity level, your gender, and other factors.

Our pain management techniques have evolved dramatically.  Most people experience far more tolerable pain after surgery.  Most people are able to go home the same day, or the following day after knee surgery.



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Howard J. Luks, MD

Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Howard Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision-making principles – all geared to improve your quality of life.