It’s estimated that as many as 4.7 million Americans are living with an artificial knee. If you’re suffering from debilitating knee pain, then you may benefit from knee replacement. The experienced orthopaedic surgeons at Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group in Long Beach, California, specialize in knee replacement and can provide the care you need. For a consultation, call the office today or request an appointment online.
Knee replacement, also referred to as knee arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure aimed at reducing knee pain and improving the overall function of your diseased or damaged knee by replacing your knee with artificial parts. It’s one of the most common joint replacement surgeries in the United States.
Your orthopaedic specialist at Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group determines if you’re a good candidate for knee replacement during an evaluation.
You may be considered a good candidate for knee replacement if you:
During your evaluation, your specialist may recommend diagnostic imaging, usually an X-ray, to determine the extent of the damage to your knee and the surrounding tissue to determine the best course of action.
Your knee replacement surgery is conducted under general anesthesia so you don’t feel any discomfort during the procedure. Your surgeon first makes an incision through the skin at your knee and gently moves your kneecap out of the way to access your joint.
Your surgeon then removes any damaged cartilage and reshapes your bone to fit the knee implant. A special cement is applied to your bone and your new parts are placed. Your kneecap may also be reshaped for proper fitting or replaced with an artificial kneecap.
Your surgeon tests your artificial knee to ensure it glides with a fluid motion and then sutures your incision.
You’re then placed in a recovery room and moved to a hospital room for a few days until it’s safe for you to go home or to a rehabilitation center.
Recovery times from knee replacement surgery vary, but you should be back to most of your usual activities within six weeks of your procedure. Your specialist provides specific instructions on what to expect so you can properly prepare.
Physical therapy is essential for a quick recovery. It begins soon after your surgery and continues until you’re stable.
To learn more about knee replacement surgery and how it can help you, call Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group today or request an appointment online.