Specialized care at Northern Arizona Orthopaedics

NAO is a leading orthopaedic specialty center for conditions and problems of the knee. Board certified and fellowship-trained surgeons in our Sports Medicine Center and Arthritis and Fracture Care Center, share expertise in caring for these important weight-bearing joints, helping patients find comfort and mobility again after pain. Knee problems are common among young and old, and professional athletes and light recreational activity-goers. Knee pain can be caused by a condition that has developed over time or from overuse like osteoarthritis, arthritis, and runner’s knee, or from sports injury, such as a meniscus tear or dislocated kneecap.

Candidates for knee replacement surgery typically report chronic knee pain that:

  • Limits everyday activities, including walking, climbing stairs, sitting down and resting
  • Continues during daytime or nighttime rest
  • Causes knee inflammation and swelling that doesn’t improve with medication
  • Knee deformity (knee bows in or out)
  • Isn’t adequately relieved with anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy or walking aids
  • Other Knee Surgeries

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 90 percent of people who have a knee replacement have a lot less pain. Most of these people are able to perform daily activities and stay active. In many cases, they’re able to resume activities like golf and walking that their arthritic pain made them give up years ago. Advancements in knee surgeries have resulted in significant benefits for patients. Arthroscopic techniques and partial knee joint replacement, which conserves healthy bone, are two proven minimally invasive approaches that can help patients relieve their pain and return to their activities. A total knee replacement (TKR) is also known as a total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and it relies on a mechanical implant to replace your actual knee. Our surgeries have excellent success rates, with our surgical implants lasting well over 20 years. Current advancements in implants now allow for some TKRs to last 30 years (see more information on our 30-Year Knee).

We take great pride in the positive patient outcomes and high patient satisfaction scores of those who have trusted Northern Arizona Orthopaedics to care and treat their knee pain.

Patient Education

For Knee:

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Knee Medical Team

Expert Doctors in this Area

Expert PAs and NPs in this Area of Expertise

Tammy Doering, PA-C

Tammy Doering, PA-C

Tara Gordon, PA-C

Tara Gordon, PA-C

Greg Harris, PA-C

Greg Harris, PA-C

Ray Lieber, PA-C

Ray Lieber, PA-C

Keri McPherson, PA-C