There are many reasons for a damaged knee including suffering from osteoarthritis; however you don’t have to live with knee pain for the rest of your life. A Total Knee Replacement also known as a Total Knee Arthroplasty can reduce joint pain.
Advancements in joint surgery have resulted in the migration of the total knee replacement to the outpatient surgery center for patients who meet specific criteria. This option provides a significant cost savings to the patient as well as the insurance company while promoting high quality and safe care.
THE PROCEDURE: The procedure takes about 2-3 hours. You will be placed under general anesthesia and sleep through your surgery. The damaged joint is removed and replaced with a prosthesis or a new joint.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE: You will be given pain medication and an antibiotic to prevent infection. You will also be provided compression sleeves which are devices worn around the legs and inflate periodically to prevent blood clots. Patients are able to stand and walk within a few hours after surgery. At discharge, most patients will be walked across the hall to Physical Therapy and then go home from there.
RECOVERY TIME: Physical therapy (PT) is an important part of the recovery process. You will continue your therapy at home under the supervision of a physical therapist. Most total knee replacement patients can resume their normal activities within a few months. Your surgeon will discuss this specifically with you.