The knee allows you to move in a variety of ways and to perform a broad array of actions, both recreational and functional. When overuse, wear and tear, injury, or disease reduce the mobility of this joint, pain and discomfort can develop. If you’re experiencing chronic issues and reduced well-being as a result of knee problems, knee replacement may be the right choice for you. At All-Star Orthopaedics, our extensively trained orthopaedic surgeons offer the most advanced knee treatments available. We focus on providing state-of-the-art, minimally invasive techniques that help patients recover faster and with less pain. If you’re ready to talk about your options, contact our practice to schedule a consultation today.
Partial Knee Replacement
Partial knee joint replacement is a minimally invasive surgical procedure designed for patients with arthritis that affects only one part of the knee. In total knee replacement, all the cartilage is removed; however, partial knee joint replacement involves removal of only the cartilage that has been damaged—the healthy cartilage can be left in place. This procedure typically requires a smaller incision and can result in a much quicker recovery time when compared to full knee replacement. Not all patients are candidates for this treatment. Our experienced orthopaedic surgeons will evaluate your needs and determine if partial knee replacement surgery is the best option for you.
Total Knee Replacement
Total knee replacement is known as one of the most successful procedures in the field of surgery, and can help those with arthritis and other conditions affecting the knee reduce pain, increase range of motion, feel more comfortable standing and walking, and develop better strength in the knee area. The procedure involves the placement of the worn-out surfaces of cartilage in the joint with a prosthesis made of biocompatible metals and plastics. Knee replacement is typically performed on patients who suffer from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, which ultimately cause inflammation and eventual destruction of cartilage.
Robotic-Arm Assisted Knee Replacement
To provide the best care possible, our extensively trained orthopaedic surgeons are experienced in using robotic-arm assisted surgical techniques that can enhance the precision of your procedure. Robot-assisted surgery uses a robotic arm to help make cuts in the bone and tissues and/or resurface damaged areas to enhance the outcome. This approach can also reduce recovery times and scarring, as well as provide other notable benefits for the patient. No matter the technology used, the surgeon is always in control.
Knee Replacement Recovery
A partial knee replacement can often be performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning you should be able to return home the same day as your operation. Total knee replacement generally requires a hospital stay. Recovery will begin promptly after your surgery is complete. A physical therapist will help you stand and walk around with the aid of an assistive device (such as a walker) within 24 hours of the operation. He or she will demonstrate and ask you to perform specific exercises at each stage of the healing process. These movements are designed to gradually strengthen your knee as quickly, effectively, and safely as possible. During this time, we will prescribe medication to manage your pain and enhance your comfort. Continue practicing the activities, increasing the level of effort as directed, until you are released to go home.
Rehabilitation will continue at home and, in most cases, our rehabilitation center. Your surgeon and physical therapist will guide you through the next several weeks of activity. You will be encouraged to increase exercise by degrees, and you should find walking, bathing, and dressing easier as you recover. Over time, approximately four to six weeks after the surgery, the assistive device (including crutches or a cane) should become unnecessary. At this point, depending on your unique rate of healing, you may be able to return to work and regular activities. Even so, you should be cautious while driving until you feel confident and capable.
After approximately two months you should be back at work and regular duties, and you should still be performing your physical therapy exercises. The physical therapist may adjust the activity type and degree of difficulty to suit your changing needs and goals. It’s important to note, these exercises will be essential for successful healing, and you should perform them consistently to achieve the best possible result. You may be able to return to low-impact exercises after about three months, or as soon as your surgeon recommends. High-impact activities, such as running, basketball, football, and cycling, should be avoided until your surgeon gives you clearance. With patience and dedication, knee replacement can improve your well-being and give you back the freedom to enjoy life.
Don’t suffer from knee pain and dysfunction for longer than necessary. Talk to our friendly and knowledgeable medical team to find out if knee replacement is right for you.