Redwood Orthopaedic Surgery Associates | Santa Rosa, CA

7 things you need to know about knee replacement surgery

If the pain and stiffness of your knees has gotten to a point where conservative and other treatments haven’t provided the relief you need, then a knee replacement may be in your future. How much do you know about knee replacement surgery? Read on for seven things you should know before going under the knife. 

  1.     The most common reason for knee replacement surgery is to relieve pain caused by osteoarthritis. Patients often have trouble with walking, going up and down stairs and getting in and out of cars. Some patients will complain of knee pain even while at rest.
  2.     Your doctor will do a thorough medical examination, including tests such as X-rays and strength and range-of-motion tests to see if a knee replacement is needed.
  3.     One of the best things you can do to prepare for surgery is to prepare for recovery well in advance of surgery. You will likely need crutches or a walker for several weeks after surgery, so it’s important to line up help with everyday tasks at home for those first few weeks especially. Try to reduce the amount of stairs you will need to climb. Install a bench and handrail in your shower or bath. Secure all handrails, and remove loose rugs and cords to avoid tripping hazards.
  4.     Knee replacement surgery is a hospital procedure performed under general anesthesia. You will likely need a short hospital stay, depending on your overall health and the type of procedure performed.
  5.     Physical therapy will begin during your hospital stay to help speed up healing and get you back to full use of the knee joint.
  6.     You can usually resume most daily activities about three to six weeks after surgery. Your surgeon will help you understand the recovery process and what you can expect as you gradually introduce activity.
  7.     Knee replacements last about 20 years in most patients, but they will wear out over time and frequent use. Some patients will need an additional knee replacement surgery.

If you are wanting pain relief and restored motion that only a knee replacement surgery can provide, call us at 707.544.3400 to make an appointment. 

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