Who Is A Candidate For Total Knee Replacement?
Pain in the knee and swelling could be the result of a degenerative knee joint. Should this be the case, a total knee replacement surgery may be required to reconstruct the knee and help the individual recover.
Total Knee Replacement Diagnosis
Difficulties surrounding a degenerative knee include a reduced range of motion, sometimes resulting in the inability to completely straighten out. Oftentimes, bone spurs can be spotted via X-rays of the knee, as well.
In advanced cases, pain can be persistent and keep patients up all night.
X-rays and blood tests are often done to rule out pain due to forms of arthritis, which are painful in their own right or some kind of infection that could occur in the knee.
Total Knee Replacement Surgery and Recovery
Surgery for a total knee replacement makes use of plastic and metal surfaces that are shaped to restore damaged bone and cartilage. The metal and plastic pieces are connected to the ends of the tibia and the femur, resulting in a new knee. A plastic piece is then inserted as a bearing.
Patients often begin physical therapy with their new knee within 48 hours of surgery. Knee immobilizers are used while walking, engaging in physical therapy and sleeping to better prevent injury during recovery. A continuous passive motion (CPM) machine may be used to keep the knee moving while the patient relaxes.
Interested in Learning More About Total Knee Replacement Surgery? Contact Dr. Gross for an Evaluation.
For more information, contact Active Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Hackensack, Emerson or Montclair to schedule an appointment today. We can be reached at 1-844-ACTIVE-ORTHO for 24-hour emergency care.