Knee arthroplasty, also known as total knee replacement surgery, is a major surgical procedure that can help patients who suffer from severe knee pain and disability due to arthritis or traumatic injuries experience a reduction in pain and regain their mobility.
A knee replacement involves replacing the damaged parts of the knee with artificial components made of metal and plastic. Knee arthroplasty has been proven to be an effective treatment for those suffering from chronic knee pain, with an over 90 percent satisfaction rate from patients.
An orthopedic surgeon can determine if you are a good candidate for knee arthroplasty.
Below are some of the reasons why you should consider a total knee arthroplasty.
For Greater Relief from Knee Pain
The primary benefit of having a total knee replacement is that it can significantly reduce pain and improve mobility in the knee. This means that patients who have had this type of surgery are able to return to some of the activities they once enjoyed before their condition worsened, such as walking, running, biking, and certain sports without experiencing debilitating levels of discomfort or stiffness in the knee. This can be life-changing for someone who used to lead a physically active lifestyle before knee pain got in the way.
The Procedure is Minimally Invasive
Knee arthroplasty is performed using minimally invasive techniques, which involve smaller incisions and less trauma to the surrounding tissues compared to traditional open surgery. This approach can result in less pain, a faster recovery, and reduced risk of complications for knee replacement patients.
Newer Artificial Knee Components Feel Natural
There are over 150 types of artificial knee joints, and an orthopedic surgeon can determine which one is the best for you and will give you the most natural feeling in your knee. These components continue to be improved upon and will only get better with time. Artificial knees feel natural and provide full functionality once you are fully healed.
It Requires a Shorter Hospital Stay
Knee arthroplasty patients have a shorter hospital stay than traditional knee replacement patients, owing to the minimally invasive nature of the procedure. Recovery begins the moment you awaken from anesthesia. Your care team will ensure you are comfortable by giving you medication and starting with the use of a Continuous Passive Motion (CPM) Machine to aid with blood circulation, decrease swelling, and prevent stiffness. You will also get up (with the aid of crutches or a walker) and start making light movements on the day of surgery. The faster you start using your new knee, the better and shorter your recovery will be. An occupational therapist will teach you how to do certain things, such as bathing and using the toilet, while in recovery.
Knee Replacement Surgeon in Hartford and Tolland Counties, CT & Springfield, MA
A knee arthroplasty is a way for you to reclaim your life. If you are suffering from unbearable knee pain, consult a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Advanced Orthopedics New England. Our orthopedic surgeons have advanced training in treatments of the knee, including minimally invasive knee surgery. We understand how limiting knee pain is, which is why we strive to give our patients the best outcomes from our comprehensive treatments.
To schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic doctors, call our orthopedic clinic today at (860) 728-6740 or use our convenient online form to send your request.