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Knee Care

Hue Luu, MD, examines patient's knee

A complex structure where three major bones converge, the knee is the largest and most commonly injured joint in the body. The orthopaedic specialists at the University of Chicago Medicine offer comprehensive non-operative, arthroscopic and joint replacement care for patients with knee injuries and knee pain.

Knee Injuries

We encourage our patients to try self-care remedies -- rest, ice, decreased activity and over-the- counter anti-inflammatory medications -- prior to seeking medical treatment for minor knee pain after injury. If pain persists after these measures, or if the injury is severe, our knee specialists can evaluate the problem and offer the best treatment options for your condition. Common causes of knee pain include:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
  • Meniscus injury
  • Problems affecting the kneecap (patella)
  • Sprains, strains
  • Tendonitis and bursitis
  • Torn cartilage

Knee Treatment and Replacement

We provide innovative and effective solutions for individuals experiencing chronic knee pain or disability as a result of:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Traumatic injury
  • Failed joint replacements
  • Deformities
  • Cancer


If you have disabling knee pain, the orthopaedic surgeons at the University of Chicago Medicine can help. We perform the following procedures:

  • Minimally invasive surgery (arthroplasty) to reconstruct or replace the joints or bones in a diseased knee.
  • Partial knee replacement for patients with isolated disease in one area of the knee. Some patients with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis who require partial knee replacement may be candidates for a procedure that uses robotic-arm assisted technology. This approach helps achieve a more precise knee resurfacing that targets only the arthritic portion of the knee, preserving healthy tissue and bone. »Learn more about partial knee resurfacing with robotic-arm assisted technology
  • Total knee replacement for patients with severe arthritis involving different parts of the knee. In some cases, knee replacements are performed with robotic-arm assisted technology. This approach allows for more precise alignment of the components as well as minimizing soft tissue trauma to the knee. Knee replacement helps patients restore their quality of life. »Learn more about total knee replacement with robotic-arm assisted technology.

Recover Faster, Walk Sooner

Many of our patients are up and walking within a day of surgery. We offer a multifaceted program for knee arthroplasty that includes minimally invasive surgery, specialized anesthetic techniques, multi-modal pain management and rapid-recovery physical therapy.

Knee Care Team
Aravind Athiviraham, MD
Roderick Birnie, MD
Sherwin S.W. Ho, MD

Knee Replacement:
Tessa Balach, MD
Hue Luu, MD

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