If severe knee pain is limiting your lifestyle and non-surgical treatments are unable to relieve your pain, you should consider a total knee replacement. This surgery can reduce pain, restore range of motion and increase mobility. Most people can return to an active life after the procedure.

 

During this procedure, the damaged parts of the femur (thighbone) and tibia (shin bone) are replaced with implants. 

 

When total knee replacement procedures were first performed, the life of an implant averaged 10 years. Since then, advances in medical technology have improved artificial knee joints. They can now withstand more stress and last longer. Medical research shows most of the latest implants last an average of 15-20 years.

 

If you’ve exhausted other treatment options and knee pain is reducing your quality of life, talk with an orthopedist to see if total knee replacement surgery can improve your mobility.

 

 

The Following Orthopedists Specialize in Total Knee Replacement:
 

 

 

Symptoms That May Indicate You're a Candidate for a Total Knee
Replacement Include:
 
  • Severe damage from arthritis or injury

  • Moderate or severe knee pain while resting

  • Little or no relief from anti-inflammatory treatments, physical therapy or walking aids such as canes

  • Difficulty walking or climbing stairs

  • Trouble rising from a seated position

  • Inflammation and swelling that don’t improve with rest or medications

 

 

Questions and Answers About Total Knee Replacement 
 
How will I benefit from this procedure?

Total knee replacement surgery can help you reclaim an active life by reducing your knee pain, increasing your mobility and restoring your range of motion. Surgery is a good alternative when non-surgical treatments have failed to restore the health of your knee joint. This surgery has high success rates.

 

Can I resume my normal activities after surgery?

Full recovery from total knee replacement surgery takes three to six months, depending on the type of surgery, your overall health and the success of your rehabilitation. Most people can resume activities such as walking and driving, and some are able to swim, play golf and ride a bike.

 

Your commitment and cooperation are vital to a successful recovery. Following your orthopedist’s advice and adhering to your rehabilitation plan will increase your odds of resuming normal activities and reducing recovery time.

 

What are the risks of this surgery?

Knee replacement surgery is generally safe but, as with any surgery, complications can occur. The risks or complications are minimal and can be successfully treated. Possible complications of knee replacement include:

 

  • Blood clots can form in your leg veins as a result of decreased movement of your leg after surgery or injury to your veins during the procedure. Orthopedists usually prescribe blood-thinning medications after surgery to prevent clots from forming. Exercise to increase blood flow through your leg veins can also reduce the risk of clots.

 

  • Infections can occur at the site of your incision and in the tissues near your new knee. Most infections are treated with antibiotics, but a major infection near your new joint may require surgery to replace the knee joint.

 

  • Implant problems - Your knee joint may eventually wear out or the components may loosen. If you have knee replacement surgery when you're relatively young, you may need a second knee replacement within your lifetime. However, new materials are helping implants last longer, so a replacement may not be needed for 15–20 years.

 

  • Neurovascular injury -The nerves or blood vessels in your knee may be injured during surgery. A major blood vessel injury may require surgical repair.

 

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