Knee pain is one of the most uncomfortable, persistent and life-disrupting pains you can experience. Whether you have osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease we can help you find the problem. And if rest, medicine and physical therapy don’t help you live pain-free, knee replacement surgery may be the best option to get you back on your feet.
The most common reasons for knee replacement surgery are:
- Osteoarthritis, a loss of joint cartilage that limits movement, causes pain and inhibits daily activity
- Other forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Damage to the knee such as fractures, torn cartilage, and/or torn ligaments
- Degenerative joint disease
Additional treatments such as medication, physical therapy and cortisone injections are often prescribed before deciding surgery is necessary. Read more about your nonsurgical options here.
Preparing for knee replacement surgery
Once you and your doctor decide surgery is the best treatment, you’ll need to undergo some medical tests, fill out forms and learning more about what to expect before, during and after surgery.
Knee replacement surgery requires that you stay in the hospital, usually for about three days. Most people undergo general anesthesia, and the orthopedic team monitors your vital signs at all times during the procedure. Once the prosthesis is in place, your doctor will close the incision and you will be taken to recovery.
Once your knee replacement is completed, you’ll be taken to the recovery room for observation, and once you’re stable and alert, you’ll go to your hospital room.
While it may seem surprising, it’s important to begin moving the new joint very soon after surgery. A physical therapist will meet with you to get that process started. Your pain will be controlled with medication, and over the course of a few days, the team will give you directions for discharge and rehab.
You’ll follow up with your doctor after six weeks, three months, six months and a year to ensure your new knee is doing well.
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If you have any questions about knee replacement surgery, please contact us.
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