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.