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Knee Replacement

When you feel chronic knee pain, everyday activities such as climbing stairs, walking and even sitting can be uncomfortable. Ask your Avera orthopedic specialist if you’d benefit from a total knee replacement—one of the most successful surgeries in health care.

Do I Need a Knee Replacement?

Your doctor may recommend knee replacement surgery if conservative methods don’t ease persistent knee pain or stiffness that stems from conditions such as:

What to Expect From Surgery

During knee replacement surgery, your surgeon removes damaged cartilage and bone and then implants an artificial joint made of metal and plastic. You may receive general anesthesia to make you sleep during the procedure, or you may get a local anesthetic that prevents pain while letting you stay awake. The procedure lasts about two hours.

Recovery & Rehabilitation

After surgery, participate in physical therapy and rehabilitation to minimize scar tissue formation and improve your knee’s mobility. You may be able to begin therapy in Joint Camp – an inpatient group program that offers peer support and encouragement, teaches you how to care for yourself at home and helps speed your healing.

No matter where you get physical therapy, follow your rehabilitation plan carefully to get the most long-term benefit from your new joint. Expect full recovery to take three months to a year.

Visit an Avera Orthopedic Clinic

Avera Medical Group Orthopedics & Sports Medicine offers comprehensive services dedicated to caring for you and your family from diagnosis to treatment, recovery to rehabilitation. Learn more about a facility near you:

Orthopedic Patient Education

Learn more about orthopedic surgeries through our interactive patient education animation videos.

Joint Relief Tips

9 Tipes for Better Joint Relief

Looking for joint relief? Our infographic will show you some steps you can take.

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