Specialty Physician Consultation – 1 hour examination and assessment with related review and treatment recommendations. Knee Replacement and knee cartilage replacement are commonally referred to as the same procedure. The knee itself is not replaced, only the damaged cartilage and bone ends. Knee replacement implants include a metal alloy on the end of the thighbone and polyethylene (plastic) on the top of the tibia and underneath the kneecap. The implant is designed to create a new, smoothly functioning joint that can prevent painful bone-on-bone contact. Surgery is indicated for arthritis damage to the joint. In total knee replacement damaged cartilage and bone from the surface of your knee joint is replaced with a man-made surface of metal and plastic. In a partial knee replacement one part of your knee joint is replaced. The particular procedure is determined by you and your physician. The total cost includes a one hour consultation with a specialist. Not included are diagnostic studies, consultations with additional specialists and cost of complication management; travel, food and lodging.