This procedure restores function to a severely damaged knee. Most commonly, it is used to repair a knee that has been damaged by arthritis. During the procedure, the ends of the femur (thigh bone) and the tibia (shin bone) are trimmed away with the diseased cartilage and a highly polished metal and hard plastic implant are fixed into place.

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Am I a good candidate for a knee replacement?

You are a good candidate for a knee replacement if:

Your knee pain interferes with your normal, routine activities

Physical therapy and conservative management have not helped to control your knee pain

You have imaging findings demonstrating significant cartilage loss or damage or advanced osteonecrosis, a condition caused by abnormal blood flow to the cartilage

What are the benefits of a total knee replacement?

A total knee replacement provides the following benefits:

Alleviation of your knee pain and increased mobility of the knee

Return to your normal, everyday activities

Involvement in limited sports activities such as golf, tennis, and walking

What can I expect from knee replacement surgery?

A complete pre-operative workup that will focus on preparing you for knee replacement

One-to-two-hour surgery time

One to three nights stay in the hospital, with physical therapy beginning the day following surgery

A comprehensive pain management protocol, reducing your dependence on pain medication day by day

Return to basic daily activities within 2-3 weeks

Return to relatively normal activities by 2-3 months