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Total Knee Replacement: Restoring Mobility and Quality of Life

What is Total Knee Replacement?

Total knee replacement involves replacing damaged or diseased knee joint surfaces with artificial components made of metal alloys, high-grade plastics, and polymers. This procedure aims to alleviate pain, restore joint function, and improve the overall quality of life for patients who have exhausted non-surgical treatment options.

Why Consider Total Knee Replacement?

When conservative treatments like medications, injections, and physical therapy no longer provide adequate relief, total knee replacement can be a life-changing solution. It’s typically recommended for those suffering from:

  • Persistent knee pain that limits daily activities such as walking, climbing stairs, or getting in and out of chairs.
  • Severe stiffness or swelling in the knee joint.
  • Chronic knee inflammation despite medication or other therapies.
  • Knee deformity, such as bowing in or out of the knee.
  • Previous knee injury or trauma leading to significant joint damage.

How Does Knee Damage Lead to Total Knee Replacement?

Injuries, arthritis, and wear-and-tear over time can significantly damage knee joints. Conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis result in the breakdown of joint cartilage and bone. When these issues cause chronic pain and limited mobility, and non-surgical treatments fail, total knee replacement becomes a viable option.

Preparing for Surgery

Preparation for total knee replacement involves several important steps:

  • Evaluate Your Condition: Your orthopedic surgeon will assess your medical history, conduct a physical examination, and review imaging studies (X-rays, MRIs) to determine the extent of knee joint damage.
  • Discuss the Procedure: Your surgeon will explain the surgical technique, potential risks, expected outcomes, and recovery process. This is an opportunity to ask questions and address any concerns.
  • Preoperative Assessment: Based on your health and medical history, additional tests like blood work, ECG, or consultations with other specialists may be recommended to optimize your health before surgery.
  • Lifestyle Adjustments: Your surgeon may advise lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking and managing chronic conditions like diabetes, to reduce surgical risks and enhance recovery.

Recovery and Getting Back to Normal

Post-surgery, you’ll likely stay in the hospital or a recovery center briefly to manage pain, watch for complications, and start physical therapy. Recovery steps include:

  • Physical Therapy: Soon after surgery, physical therapy begins with exercises to strengthen the muscles around your knee, improve flexibility, and help you relearn how to walk with your new knee. Your physical therapist will tailor these exercises to your needs.
  • Taking Care at Home: You’ll receive detailed instructions on wound care, medication management, and tips for daily tasks. Following these instructions closely is crucial for proper healing and avoiding complications.
  • Getting Back to Your Regular Activities: Recovery times vary, but many people feel significantly better within a few weeks to a few months. Your doctor will guide you on when it’s safe to resume activities like driving, working, and participating in hobbies and sports. It’s important to take it slow to prevent setbacks.

Understanding these steps can help you prepare mentally and physically for life after knee replacement surgery. Trust the process and follow your healthcare team’s guidance for the best results.

Consult with an Orthopedic Specialist Today!

Learn more about total knee replacement and how it can help restore your mobility and quality of life. Schedule a consultation with your orthopedic specialist to discuss your options and start your journey to better knee health.

At Neo TrueNorth Hospitals, we are dedicated to providing top-notch care for total knee replacement surgery, helping patients lead healthier, more active lives. Join us on the path to better mobility and comfort today!