Total knee replacement, or total knee arthroplasty, is a highly effective procedure used to treat severe arthritic damage to the knee joint. The procedure involves replacing degenerated components of the knee with a durable prosthetic implant. Over 600,000 total knee replacements are performed each year in the United States on patients of all ages. When performed by an experienced orthopedic surgeon, this life-changing procedure can dramatically reduce joint pain and restore knee mobility for patients with otherwise debilitating conditions.
At the Knee Surgery Center of Excellence, our orthopedic surgeons are experts in the most cutting-edge knee replacement techniques. We take the time to formulate individualized treatment plans, ensuring that each patient receives optimal relief from their knee pain and discomfort. Patients who opt to visit our state-of-the-art facilities receive an unparalleled quality of service and care.
For more information on knee replacement surgery or to schedule a consultation with a Beverly Hills orthopedic surgeon, contact us by calling (888) 429-6865.
The majority of patients who undergo total knee replacement suffer from severe arthritic damage to the knee, either as a result of chronic wear and tear or in the aftermath of a traumatic knee injury. In either case, the following criteria may indicate your eligibility for a total knee replacement:
- Severe or chronic knee pain that limits performance of daily activities
- Arthritic damage to multiple areas of the knee
- Failure to achieve relief with conservative therapies, such as anti-inflammatory medication, steroid injections, or physical therapy
- Some patients qualify for a partial knee replacement
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Total Knee Arthroplasty Surgery
Total knee arthroplasty, a type of total knee replacement surgery, is performed while a patient is under general anesthesia. After making an incision in the knee, our expert orthopedic surgeons will inspect the joint and remove damaged pieces of cartilage or soft tissue. Next, small pieces of bone may be shaved away and reshaped to provide an optimal surface for the implant. implants are then cement-fixed to the lower thigh bone (femur) and upper shin bone (tibia), with a plastic spacer in between to create smooth, natural joint movement. Depending on the patient, the bottom surface of the patella (kneecap) may be resurfaced to optimize the fit of the implant. Once the prosthetic has been fixed and the knee is properly aligned, the incision is closed with sutures.
Recovery from Knee Replacement Surgery
This procedure takes approximately one to two hours, after which patients are brought into our comfortable recovery room and given pain-relieving medication. Proper post-operative care and rehabilitation for your knee will be outlined by your surgeon and should be strictly followed to minimize the risk of complications. Most patients experience significant, long-term reduction of pain and restored mobility in their knees.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the risks of total knee arthroplasty?
A: Our fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons perform total knee replacement with a very low risk of complications. Though rare, risks of this surgery may include infection, bleeding, nerve damage, and blood clots.
Q: Will I be able to perform a full range of activities after a total knee replacement?
A: Most patients make a full return to low-impact activities such as walking, swimming, or biking. High-impact activities such as running or jumping should be limited to prolong the life of the implant.
Q: When will I be able to drive after a total knee replacement?
A: Most patients can drive within several weeks of surgery, once they have gained adequate mobility and control of their knees. You should not drive if you are still taking pain medications.
Q: Will I need another knee replacement later on?
A: The majority of patients who undergo total knee replacement surgery will not require revision surgery. With the proper care, the joint prosthetic can function for well over 15 years. In cases where the implant has worn down, surgery to replace the old component may be necessary.
Contact an Orthopedic Surgeon in Los Angeles
The Knee Surgery Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills features some of the most renowned orthopedic surgeons in the country. We utilize the latest and most effective procedures when performing knee replacement surgery to achieve exceptional outcomes for our patients. To schedule a consultation with one of our talented orthopedic surgeons in Los Angeles, call (888) 429-6865 or fill out our online contact form.
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