Total knee replacement surgery is one of the most successful procedures in medicine and improvements in surgical materials and techniques have continued to increase its effectiveness.
A total knee replacement may be necessary to address severe damage due to injury or arthritis. Damaged knee joints make it difficult to perform simple tasks such as walking or climbing stairs. Total Knee Replacement has been shown to be safe and effective in helping patients relieve pain and getting them back to their normal activities.
Knee replacement surgery, also called knee arthroplasty, is performed by removing the damaged cartilage and surface of two of the bones that make up the knee: the femur and the tibia. This is replaced with metal components to recreate the surface of the knee. The kneecap is reshaped and fitted with a plastic button, and a spacer is inserted between the metal components to create a smooth surface that allows the joint to move smoothly.
If more conservative treatments eg. medications, injections, therapy, or walking supports are no longer helpful, it may be time to speak with one of our physicians about knee replacement surgery.
Knee Specialist Surgeons
- Christopher M. Barsanti, MD
- Josiah W. Duke, MD
- Christopher Clay Hasty, MD
- Philip S. Perdue, Jr., MD
- Anthony Skalak, MD
- Michael McGraw, MD
Recovery from knee replacement surgery begins right after surgery and includes pain management, blood clot prevention, and physical therapy. Therapy is needed to strengthen the leg and to restore movement and range of motion that will make returning to daily activities faster and easier.
Activities Following Surgery
It is important for patients to recognize that resuming normal activity after knee replacement takes about three to six weeks, and that they may have to alter the way they do certain activities until they are fully recovered. To fully recover, patients should stay active by following the guidelines of their physician and physical therapist.