Knee Replacement Surgery: What you need to know

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You feel it every time you climb a stair, kneel to pick up a paper or stand from a seated position, that ache from your worn or injured knee joint. Many knee pain suffers live with this constant, frustrating pain but they don’t need to. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine, nearly 5 million men and women have had knee replacement surgery where part or all the joint is replaced. And, more than likely, those 5 million are now living pain-free.

What Are The Benefits Of Knee Replacement Surgery?

The biggest benefit to have your knee joint partially or completely repaired is a return to full mobility. The grunts and groans that used to pair with your each step, will be gone. Beyond the ability to move easier, there are other benefits as well.each step, will be gone. Beyond the ability to move easier, there are other benefits as well.

  • Knee replacement surgery stops or greatly reduces joint pain. Even the pain the surgery should go away within a few weeks.

  • A new knee helps to increase leg strength because you’ll be able to use your legs more which will build up your muscles.

  • Your quality of life will be improved. You will be able to do those daily tasks and low-impact activities, like walking the dog, in greater comfort.

  • You’ll have years of easier movement ahead. Most knee replacements last for many years.

What causes knee pain?

A healthy knee bends easily with strong tendons and muscles. Healthy cartilage absorbs stress and allows the joint to glide smoothly so you can walk, squat and turn without pain. When one or more parts are damaged, joint movement suffers.

The biggest culprit of knee pain is age. Over time cartilage naturally starts to crack or wear away, forcing the bones to rub together; this is called osteoarthritis. Cartilage never grows back once it is gone. Chronic diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis or gout, cause swelling and inflammation in the joint, which wears wearing down the cartilage. An injury that never quite healed right can also cause cartilage to wear away.

What’s involved in knee replacement surgery?

There are two types of knee replacement surgery: a total knee prosthesis replaces all the parts of the joint that rub together and a partial knee prosthesis replaces only a damaged section of the joint.

After anesthesia is given, an incision is made either on the front or side of the knee. The surfaces of the bone are then cleaned and shaped to hold the prosthesis. Once in place, and properly fitted, the parts are secured to the thighbone, kneecap, and shinbone and then joined.

Once the procedure is done, therapy will start immediately to help increase blood flow and control swelling. You may even be walking or standing within hours of surgery.

Trust The Best

Dr. William Samuelson has dedicated more than 25 years to orthopaedic surgery. He not only has advanced training and board certification, but he remains at the forefront of the latest procedures. You don’t have to live with pain. orthopaedic surgery. He not only has advanced training and board certification, but he remains at the forefront of the latest procedures. You don’t have to live with pain. orthopaedic surgery. He not only has advanced training and board certification, but he remains at the forefront of the latest procedures. You don’t have to live with pain. Contact Dr. Samuelson at Tri-State Specialists to see how he and his team can help you live your best life.