Knee replacement surgery can alleviate pain and restore function in severely areas of a diseased knee joint. Our highly-skilled orthopedic surgeons will help you determine if a knee replacement procedure is the right route of treatment for you. Some of the first things the surgeon will do is assess your knee's range of motion, stability and strength. Conducting X-rays wil further help determine the extent of damage and what next steps need to be taken.
There are a variety of factors your surgeon considers when trying to determine which technique and prostheses is best suited for your needs. Those factors can include your age, how much you weigh, physical activity, the size and shape of your knee, and overall health.
What should I expect?
After going over your medical history paperwork and considering your preference regarding what to use for your procedure, our staff will make the choice of using general anesthesia (affects will make unconscious during surgery) or spinal anesthesia (affects leave you alert and awake but you won’t have any sensation from the waist down).
An antibiotic is generally given before your replacement surgery to ensure you won’t experience infection afterward. A nerve block may also be administered by your surgeon which will make your knee numb, however, this feeling will gradually disappear after your procedure.
After the surgery
Knee replacement surgery can alleviate pain and better progress movement and overall quality of life. 15 years is the expected time frame for a procedure such as this to last.
About three to six weeks after your procedure, you can begin resuming normal parts of your life. Physical activities such as shopping, light work around the house, and driving are all things you can do. After you make a full phase of recovery, low-impact physical activities (swimming, walking, etc.) will be activities you can engage in. Heavier impact activities will need to be cleared by your doctor.