Am I a Candidate for Knee Replacement Surgery?
An orthopedic surgeon can best determine if a person is a good candidate for knee replacement surgery. Factors will include the person’s medical history, amount of knee discomfort, and capacity to function, as well as the findings of the physical examination, X-rays, and, in some situations, additional tests such as a blood test or an MRI. The choice is made depending on the patient’s level of discomfort and impairment. Dr. Thomas Gautsch MD provides minimally invasive knee replacement procedures at Southern Sports Medicine Institute. For more information, contact us or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations in Gallatin, TN, and Nashville, TN.
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What does a total knee replacement surgery involve?
What are some of the signs a knee replacement may be necessary?
What should i anticipate in the process of total knee replacement?
How long is recovery from a minimally invasive knee replacement?
Total knee replacement is a surgical procedure aimed at substituting a compromised knee joint. In the case of minimally invasive surgery, a smaller incision is employed compared to the traditional approach for total knee replacement.
A total knee replacement is the most common form of knee replacement, where the lower section of your thigh bone and the upper portion of your shin bone are substituted with metal and plastic components.
Conventionally, surgeons make an incision down the front of the knee, relocating the kneecap to the side to access the knee joint behind it.
However, the “Southern Method” at Southern Sports Medicine Institute utilizes a side cut for a range of advantages, including reduced pain, particularly suited for active individuals.
There are various reasons you may need a knee replacement; however, it is most commonly recommended for those with forms of arthritis that affect the knee.
Conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can lead to the deterioration of knee joint cartilage. When this cartilage degradation reaches a severe point, non-surgical approaches might not effectively alleviate pain or restore your overall well-being.
In such instances, a knee replacement could be advised as a means to offer long-term relief. Usually, minor discomfort that doesn’t significantly interfere with your daily routine doesn’t necessitate a knee replacement. However, when your pain becomes so intense that it hampers your ability to rise from bed, move within your home, or fulfill work commitments, it’s a clear signal that contemplating a knee replacement is appropriate.
Knee replacement is a viable option for adults across various age groups, although it’s generally more commonly advised for older individuals. This is because younger, physically active people tend to subject the joint to more wear and tear.
It’s important to note that opting for knee replacement at an earlier stage increases the likelihood of requiring subsequent surgeries in the future, even though the outcomes of the initial procedure have proven to be remarkably durable over time.
During the procedure, the damaged sections of both the shin bone and thigh bone are removed. Replacement parts are affixed over the ends of these bones to establish the new joint, often composed of metal and plastic materials. In some cases, the back of the kneecap might also be replaced with a new component. Subsequently, the kneecap is repositioned, and the incision on the knee is closed using stitches or clips, covered with a dressing and bandage.
Following the surgery, you’ll be monitored in a recovery room until you’re fully awake. Pain relief medications might be administered to assist with post-operative discomfort. Same-day knee replacement is available at Southern Sports Medicine Institute meaning patients do not have to stay overnight following the procedure.
It’s advisable to have a discussion with your healthcare provider at Southern Sports Medicine Institute regarding what you can anticipate post-surgery. Following the procedure, you might experience discomfort around the incision site, but prescribed pain medications can aid in alleviating this discomfort.
Resuming a regular diet should be feasible relatively quickly. Your healthcare provider will guide when you can start placing weight on your leg. Additionally, you might receive specific directives about the extent of your movements. For a brief period, which could span a few days or weeks, you might require the use of assistive devices like crutches.
Collaborating with a physical therapist will aid you in maintaining your range of motion and strengthening your leg. Within a few weeks, you should find yourself able to return to most light activities. It’s essential to follow your healthcare provider’s instructions throughout the recovery process.
Dr. Thomas Gautsch MD an orthopedic surgeon at Southern Sports Medicine Institute, is an expert in providing cutting-edge knee replacement procedures that can reduce knee discomfort and improve mobility. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online today. We have convenient locations in Gallatin and Nashville TN. We serve patients from Gallatin TN, Nashville TN, Portland TN, Hendersonville TN, Lafayette TN, Castalian Springs TN, Westmoreland TN, Hartsville TN, Cottontown TN, Old Hickory TN, Goodlettsville TN, Springfield TN, Red Boiling Springs TN, White House TN, Lebanon TN, Greenbrier TN, Bowling Green KY, Bethpage TN, Lavergne TN, Franklin TN, Hermitage TN and Mount Juliet TN.
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