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Understanding Total Knee Replacement

Total knee replacement, also known as knee arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure performed to replace a damaged or diseased knee joint with an artificial implant. This procedure is typically recommended to relieve pain, improve mobility, and restore function in patients with severe knee arthritis, knee deformity, knee fractures, or other conditions affecting the knee joint.

Preparation and Procedure

At Neo TrueNorth, we prioritize patient comfort and safety throughout the total knee replacement process. The procedure typically involves the following steps:

  1. Initial Consultation: During the initial consultation, the orthopedic surgeon will evaluate the patient’s medical history, symptoms, and diagnostic tests such as X-rays or MRI to determine the need for total knee replacement. The surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure and address any questions or concerns the patient may have.

  2. Preoperative Evaluation: Before surgery, the patient may undergo blood tests, imaging studies, and other preoperative evaluations to assess overall health and identify any underlying medical conditions that may affect the surgical outcome. The patient may also be advised to discontinue certain medications that could increase the risk of bleeding or other complications during surgery.

  3. Surgical Procedure: Total knee replacement is typically performed under general anesthesia or regional anesthesia to ensure patient comfort and safety. During the procedure, the orthopedic surgeon makes an incision over the knee joint and removes the damaged or diseased bone and cartilage. The ends of the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone) are then resurfaced and replaced with metal components, and a plastic spacer is inserted between the metal components to allow for smooth movement of the knee joint. In some cases, the patella (kneecap) may also be resurfaced with a plastic component to improve knee function.

  4. Postoperative Care: After total knee replacement, patients are closely monitored in the recovery room for any signs of complications such as bleeding, infection, or anesthesia-related side effects. Pain medications, antibiotics, and physical therapy may be prescribed as needed to manage pain, prevent infection, and promote recovery. Patients are usually able to bear weight on the new knee joint soon after surgery and are encouraged to start walking with the help of crutches or a walker under the guidance of a physical therapist.

  5. Recovery and Rehabilitation: The recovery time after total knee replacement varies depending on the patient’s overall health, the extent of surgery, and the presence of any complications. Most patients can resume normal activities within 6-12 weeks after surgery, although strenuous activities and high-impact sports should be avoided for several months. Physical therapy is an important part of the recovery process and helps improve strength, flexibility, and mobility in the new knee joint.

Why Choose Neo TrueNorth for Total Knee Replacement?

  1. Orthopedic Expertise: Our team of experienced orthopedic surgeons specializes in total knee replacement procedures, utilizing advanced techniques and implants to achieve optimal results for our patients.

  2. Customized Treatment Plans: We offer personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle goals. Our orthopedic surgeons take the time to listen to patients’ concerns and develop customized treatment plans that address their specific needs.

  3. Minimally Invasive Surgery: Total knee replacement is performed using minimally invasive techniques whenever possible, resulting in smaller incisions, less postoperative pain, and faster recovery compared to traditional surgery.

  4. Comprehensive Care: In addition to total knee replacement, we offer a wide range of orthopedic services and treatments to address various musculoskeletal conditions, including hip replacement, shoulder replacement, and spine surgery.

  5. Patient-Centered Approach: At Neo TrueNorth, we prioritize patient comfort, safety, and satisfaction. Our orthopedic surgeons provide compassionate care and support throughout the total knee replacement process, ensuring that patients feel informed and confident in their treatment decisions.

If you’re experiencing knee pain or mobility issues and are considering total knee replacement, contact Neo TrueNorth today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced orthopedic surgeons.

Meet Our Experts

Dr Neel Patel

Consultant Arthroscopy, Sports Medicine and Joint Replacement Surgeon

Dr Deepak A

Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr Nagendra Prasad K

Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr Shashidhar V

Orthopedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Surgeon