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Knee Replacement and Surgery: Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Care
No matter the cause of your knee pain, our orthopedic knee surgeons are here for you to help keep you moving. The most common condition leading to knee surgery is arthritis, and knee replacement is often the preferred treatment.
Types of knee replacement surgery
Arthroscopic knee surgery
Arthroscopic knee surgery is intended to diagnose and treat certain problems with the knee joint. A small incision is made, and a camera is inserted into the knee. If any addressable problems are seen, the surgeon will use small instruments to fix them. Arthroscopic knee surgery works well to repair ligaments of the joint.
The surgery isn’t very invasive, so you will be able to go home the same day. An ice pack and dressing should be used to reduce swelling and minimize pain. You will be expected to work with a physical therapist until you can use your knee normally.
Total knee replacement surgery
Total knee replacement, is a surgical procedure during which your surgeon cuts away damaged bone and cartilage from your thighbone, shinbone and kneecap and replaces it with an artificial joint made of metal alloys, high-grade plastics and polymers. Most knee replacement joints attempt to replicate your knee’s natural ability to roll and glide as it bends. If both knees are affected, they may be replaced on the same day or in a staged approach.
Total knee replacement surgery generally takes about two hours total.
If ordered by your surgeon, you will work with a physical therapist on the day of surgery. After you return home, you can expect to continue physical therapy. Your therapist will inform you about the exercises you should be doing. Exercising should take approximately 20 minutes and should be done twice daily. If you’re recovering quickly, it’s recommended that you supplement these exercises with others that your therapist recommends.
It’s recommended that all joint patients have a regular exercise program to maintain their fitness and the health of the muscles around their joints. With permission from both your orthopedic surgeon and primary care provider, you should be on a regular exercise program three to four times a week lasting 20 to 30 minutes.
Partial knee replacement surgery
Partial knee replacement surgery is a minimally invasive procedure with a shorter recovery time than total knee replacement surgery.
Most partial knee replacement procedures take about 45 minutes to one hour.
Knee revision surgery
In revision knee surgery, the surgeon removes the original prosthesis, cement, surrounding tissue and dead bone before inserting a new prosthesis. Thanks to our patented techniques for knee revision surgery, most patients experience better outcomes and fewer complications.
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