Whether from osteoarthritis, an injury or some other condition, stiff, painful and unstable knees seriously restrict your mobility and make the simplest activities excruciating.
In the last 20 years, knee replacements have seen incredible medical advances in both techniques and recovery treatments. The orthopedic surgeons at the Spine & Joint Institute are in the forefront of employing the most advanced and successful procedures for knee replacement surgery.
The majority of individuals who undergo knee replacement surgery show dramatic improvement, and astonishingly quick recovery—sometimes as little as one month after surgery.
The term total knee replacement is a little misleading in that the knee is not totally removed and a new knee inserted. Rather, the ends of the femur and tibia are shaped and then capped with an implant device referred to as a prosthesis.
The process is similar to having a crown put on your tooth. A plastic spacer is attached to the prosthesis that creates a smooth cushioning effect much like the original cartilage. Relieving the bone-on-bone contact eliminates the pain and allows you to return to an active, healthy lifestyle.
Approximately 90% of patients report good to excellent results in terms of pain relief on knees that have been replaced. Most patients are able to significantly increase activity and mobility and return to the low impact activities they participated in prior to the onset of arthritis pain.
Since no two individuals exhibit exactly the same knee conditions and problems, your specific treatment may vary. Your overall health is more a determining factor of your success than your age. Various factors such as weight, activity types and activity levels must be measured when considering the specific materials and procedures when it comes to your knee surgery and recovery regime.
On the day of surgery, your care teams’ goal is to help you walk with a walker. Usually on the following day, most patients are walking the halls. People progress at their own rate, and while there are no absolute timetables, normally, individuals use an assistive device such as a walker or cane for about four to six weeks and then walk freely after that. Your SJI care team will tell you when you no longer need your walker.
There are a great many important details about knee replacement surgery that we have not gone into here because of space, and you will probably have a number of important questions you would like answered before you make your final decision. That is why the Spine & Joint Institute has compiled a detailed booklet that provides complete details about the procedure and answers frequently asked questions about knee replacement surgery, the recovery period, your expectations and many other important topics.