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