Whether it’s from an old injury or the result of years of wear and tear, when your knee pain keeps you from the activities you love, it’s time to consider a total knee replacement. At Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute, Dr. Harry Moffitt and Dr. Bernard Rerri can get your knee functioning properly and get you back to living. With convenient office locations in both Crown Point and Munster, Indiana, there’s no reason to wait. Call today to schedule your initial consultation, or go online to book your appointment.
Every year, about 600,000 Americans opt for a total knee replacement, making it one of the most common bone surgeries in the United States. Called an arthroplasty, knee replacement is an option if you have chronic knee pain that interferes with your daily living and hasn’t improved with rest, physical therapy, or medication.
These procedures can help people who’ve experienced a knee injury or have osteoarthritis that has diminished the cartilage in the knee joint.
During a total knee replacement, your doctor replaces your degraded knee joint with a mechanical joint. Completed under general anesthesia, your surgeon removes the bad joint by sawing the bone at each end of the joint.
Once the bad joint is removed, they place the prosthesis, which is usually cemented onto your bones to keep the artificial joint in place while the body heals around it. Once the prosthesis is placed, your doctor closes the incision on your knee and the surgery is complete.
In most cases, an overnight hospital stay of a few days is required after total knee replacement. As soon as you are awake after surgery, it’s important to start using your new knee joint. A physical therapist typically assists you and develops a treatment plan that incorporates a continuous passive motion (CPM) machine. These devices allow your body to rest while making your knee extend and contract through its entire range of motion.
After a few days in the hospital, your doctor may discharge you home or for a brief stay at a rehabilitation center. You must continue with physical therapy and at-home exercises to fully recover from your knee replacement.
Along with exercises, your doctor provides you with cleaning and care instructions as well as any medications you may need. They may request you ice your knee or elevate it to keep swelling reduced. It’s important to use any assistive devices your doctor recommends, as falling on a newly replaced knee can damage it. Your surgeon may give you other restrictions as well, such as no driving or limited physical activity.
If knee pain keeps you from doing the things you love, find a solution at Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute. Go online or call the office today to schedule your appointment.