Total knee replacement is available for patients when all the compartments of the knee are damaged typically from arthritis. Arthritis in the knee joint occurs as a result of degeneration of the cartilage in your knee commonly referred to as “wear and tear” arthritis or degenerative arthritis. This means there is no cushion between the knee joints which now are bone on bone with the nerve endings on the bones causing your pain.
How do you decide if I need a total knee replacement?
We look at x-rays of your knee to see how much damage has been done. If all of the compartments are damaged it tells us you need to have a total knee replacement.
What can I expect after the surgery is over?
You’ll recover in our surgery suite until you are awake from the anesthesia and your vital signs are good. Our Care Team members will then move you to our Joint Replacement Center where you will stay until you are discharged.
How long will I stay in the hospital?
You will typically spend one-two days in the Joint Replacement Center and receive physical therapy to prepare you to return home. In some cases patients elect to go to a rehabilitation facility after surgery if they do not have help at home to assist in their recovery.
What happens when I go home?
Follow-up physical therapy usually is needed after you leave the hospital. Initially this will be done in your home or a rehabilitation facility if you choose to go there. You’ll come to our office in two weeks to check you wound and then at 6 weeks to see how you are doing. X-rays will be taken at each visit.
How long does recovery take?
Recovery is typically six weeks to three months in order to resume normal activity.