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Knee Replacements

If you need a Knee Replacement, please Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists as soon as possible.

What Are Knee Replacements?

Knee replacement, or knee arthroplasty, involves surgically replacing a damaged or diseased knee joint with an artificial joint, known as a prosthesis. The goal of knee replacement surgery is to alleviate pain, enhance function, and regain mobility in individuals with severe knee arthritis or other conditions that have not improved with conservative treatments.

Knee Replacement Procedure

During knee replacement surgery, patients are administered either general anesthesia for sleep induction or regional anesthesia to numb the lower body, ensuring comfort throughout the procedure. Surgeons then make an incision over the knee joint, typically on its front or side. They carefully shape the damaged surfaces of the femur and tibia to accommodate prosthetic components. However, surgeons vary the bone removal based on the type of replacement. The surgical team implants artificial components, typically a metal piece on the femur’s end, metal or plastic atop the tibia, and a plastic spacer between, facilitating smooth motion. Occasionally, surgeons resurface the kneecap’s back with plastic to enhance function and reduce discomfort. Finally, they close the incision with sutures or staples and apply sterile dressing to promote healing.

Rehabilitation

After knee replacement surgery, healthcare professionals will closely monitor the patient in the hospital for a few days. Physical therapy will commence shortly after the procedure to foster healing, regain knee range of motion, and bolster the muscles surrounding the knee joint.

Knee replacement surgery can significantly enhance quality of life, diminish pain, and reinstate function in individuals grappling with severe knee joint damage. However, knee replacement carries potential risks and complications, such as infection, blood clots, bleeding, implant loosening, nerve or blood vessel damage, and limited symptom alleviation.

Consulting with an orthopedic surgeon specializing in knee replacements is crucial to ascertain if knee replacement aligns with the appropriate treatment for your specific condition. The surgeon will assess your unique circumstances, scrutinize imaging studies, and furnish personalized treatment recommendations.

If you would like to speak to an Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Specialist, give us a call at 817-697-4038, or contact us over the web. Tele-medicine appointments are also available.

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