Resurfacing the knee’s worn surfaces helps to alleviate pain and increase mobility, allowing a return to normal activities.
Individuals suffering from severe arthritis or injury who have already tried medications, modified activity levels, physical therapy, and the use of walking supports might be candidates for knee replacement surgery. The decision to have knee replacement surgery should be a collaborative decision between a patient and his or her family, primary care physician and orthopedic surgeon.
Patients undergoing knee replacement surgery can expect a hospital stay of approximately one to two days. Rehabilitation will continue after discharge.
There will be pain after surgery. An orthopedic surgeon will prescribe medication to control the pain. Patients should alert the nursing staff if the pain medication is not working so changes can be made. It is important to be comfortable so physical therapy is not delayed.
Typically as a patient recovers, he or she will experience less pain and greater range of motion. Much of the success of the surgery is associated with how well a patient follows his or her orthopedic surgeon’s post-operative instructions.
St. Clair offers post operatives video education for total joint replacements. These online educational films will help you and your caregiver understand and teach you on to get back to feeling more like yourself post procedure.