It’s understandable to be nervous about any surgery, but there is no need to fear a knee replacement. This common surgery can greatly improve your quality of life and is worth your time. You may actually be surprised how quickly the surgery is performed and you recover! So kick back, put your feet up (especially if your knee is giving you grief), and check out why a knee replacement is nothing to worry about or delay!
What are my options of knee replacement surgery?
In a traditional total or partial knee replacement, your doctor will fit metal components into the femur and tibia and place a plastic spacer in between.
However, the surgeons at ORTHOKnox may recommend MAKOplasty®, where your surgeon will use a robotic arm to perform knee replacement surgery precisely.
New developments in knee surgery take out the guesswork.
With MAKO robotic surgery, your doctors will create a 3D model of your knee with a CAT scan, which will allow them to determine exactly what you need for your surgery (i.e., what bone and tissue needs to be removed and what is healthy). Your doctor goes into surgery with a plan specific for your knee aided by the computerized 3D model and a robotic arm.
Your hospital stay will be short.
On average, patients are in and out of the hospital within 24 hours. So 1 day of your life could result in relief from your knee pain and a return to your activities without constantly thinking about how they will affect your knee.
Pain and bleeding are at a minimum.
A smaller incision of 2.5 to 3 inches results in less bleeding. Your doctor will use a nerve block, which effectively blocks the pain signals from your knee for 72 hours. Any pain felt after this time is significantly reduced as well. Being able to “turn off” pain in your knee? Yes, please!
Recovery is quick.
You will likely be able to work with a physical therapist to walk soon after surgery, drive within 2 weeks, and return to your active lifestyle within 6 weeks.
You may be waiting until your knee pain worsens because you don’t want a surgery to bring your work, daily life, or activity level to a halt. But recovery from a knee replacement is a matter of weeks and will allow you to perform all of your activities with less knee pain, so you can focus on walking through the park, decorating your house, or working without wasting any brainpower on how it will affect your knee.
While worrying about your knee surgery is completely understandable, there is no need to stress! You will be back on your feet with less aches and pains in no time!
Knee Replacement Surgeons in Knoxville and Athens, TN
With its on-site physical therapists, board-certified surgeon and Urgent Orthopedic Care that is available without an appointment, ORTHOKnox has got you covered for your knee replacement. For more information about how ORTHOKnox can treat your total knee replacement, call (865) 251-3030, or fill out our easy-to-use online appointment request form. We look forward to hearing from you!