Total Knee Replacement Surgery
Total knee replacement surgery can offer relief from chronic pain caused by osteoarthritis or other joint problems. Re-capping the knee at the joint prevents the painful bone-on-bone contact experienced by a diseased joint or loss of cartilage.
Our total knee replacement offers long-term relief from chronic joint pain. We have a team of specialists dedicated to providing comprehensive care throughout your joint replacement journey – from preparation to procedure through recovery and outcomes.
What Happens During Total Knee Replacement Surgery?
The knee itself is not replaced in this surgery, as is commonly thought. Instead, an implant is used to re-cap the damaged bone ends. This is completed with a metal alloy on the femur (thighbone) and tibia (shinbone), a plastic spacer between the metal, and a plastic “button” behind the patella (kneecap).
- The femur (thighbone) is resurfaced by removing the damaged boned and deteriorated cartilage.
- The femur is shaped to fit the artificial knee and the femoral component.
- The femoral component is attached to the end of the femur and adhered with bone cement.
- The tibia (shinbone) is then resurfaced by removing the damaged boned and deteriorated cartilage.
- The bone is shaped to fit the metal and plastic tibial components.
- Once the bone is shaped, the tibial tray is adhered to the tibia.
- A medical-grade plastic insert is then placed between the tibial tray and the femoral component.
- After the femoral and tibial components are set, the patella (kneecap) is re-adjusted to properly fit with the rest of the implant.
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What Happens After Total Knee Replacement Surgery?
You will be discharged home from the surgery center. Upon leaving the surgery center you will be given a walker or crutches to use at home until you see your surgeon at your post-operative appointment.
Our customized recovery solutions provide the post-op resources you need to regain your mobility, strength and life in the comfort of your home.
What Are the Outcomes for Total Knee Replacement?
Four to six weeks after surgery, patients are generally back to resuming normal activities.
Most people who have a knee replacement surgery experience significant pain relief, improved mobility and a better overall quality of life. Four to six weeks after surgery, you can generally resume most daily activities. You should avoid high-impact activities such as jogging, skiing, tennis and other sports that involve contact or jumping.