A recent study showed that most people who undergo total knee replacement surgery are not only making a full recovery, but are also returning to work.
This study, which was presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Chicago, reported that 98 percent of people who undergo total knee arthroplasty (or total knee replacement) are now returning to work within a year of the procedure – some even in as little as a few weeks.
For patients with chronic knee arthritis, especially those whose jobs require a high level of physical activity, this new information can be life-changing. Undergoing a total knee replacement is a huge decision, and with so many recent advances in technology, patients now have even more options as to where and how to treat their knee injuries.
Knowing there is such a high success rate for this surgery can help in deciding where to seek your knee replacement. At the Knee Surgery Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills, our orthopedic surgeons graduated from top medical schools and have a reputation for performing the safest surgeries with effective and successful results. Schedule a consultation with one of our knee surgeons by calling our Los Angeles office at (888) 429-6865.
What Is a Total Knee Replacement?
A total knee replacement involves inserting an implant to replace the part of a knee with severe arthritic damage. While many patients who undergo this surgery suffer from long-term wear and tear in the knee, a total knee replacement can also be necessary for a patient after a traumatic knee injury.
During the procedure, an incision is made in the knee where a surgeon can remove the damaged cartilage and tissue. Additionally, some of the bone may be shaved away to make room for the implant, which is then cemented to the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone), with a plastic spacer to help promote natural joint movement in the knee.
Is Knee Replacement Right for You?
Undergoing a total knee replacement can significantly reduce joint pain in your knee and repair problems with mobility. With over 650,000 total knee replacements performed a year at a now-reported 98 percent return-to-work rate, making the decision to have this surgery may be less worrisome for patients. Knowing that you can make a full recovery and be back on your feet and working within a year can help ease the stress of having to undergo surgery.
To find out if you are a candidate for total knee replacement, you should consult an orthopedic surgeon. The Knee Surgery Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills has a team of world-renowned doctors that can help you determine the appropriate treatment for your unique knee injury.
Knee Replacement Recovery Time
Total knee replacements can sometimes be done on an outpatient basis, which means that patients can go home the same day as surgery. If your knee replacement surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure at the Knee Surgery Center of Excellence, you’ll be in the hands of some of the best orthopedic surgeons in Los Angeles as well as caring, compassionate nurses.
To schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic surgeons in order to see if total knee replacement surgery is the right choice for you, call (888) 429-6865 or fill out our online contact form and a member of our staff will contact your shortly.
Next, read about partial knee replacement surgery, which is offered at the Knee Surgery Center of Excellence.