Get the facts on knee replacement surgery before your procedure.
Has your doctor recommended total knee replacement? Try not to get overwhelmed. Though it’s major surgery, this is a common procedure. Over 700,000 total knee replacements performed in 2010. As you prepare for a surgical procedure that will help improve your mobility and way of life, find out what you need to know ahead of time.
Why do doctors recommend knee replacement surgery?
Pain and stiffness are the most common symptoms that leads to knee replacement surgery. If less invasive methods haven’t worked, surgery is often the best solution for those with pain resulting from arthritis or previous severe knee injury.
What will doctors need to do before the surgery?
Before you have a total knee replacement, your doctor will do several screening tests. These include blood work, an x-ray, an MRI and a physical exam. These types of exams help your doctor get a full picture of your health, as well as an understanding of the internal structure of your knee.
What do patients need to do before the surgery?
This procedure requires effort by the patient before and after surgery. It’s very important to prepare your home for your recovery. Patients should make sure that everything is easy to get to and on the same floor. For 1-2 weeks, you will need someone in the home assisting you with daily tasks, including using the bathroom.
How long is the recovery?
Total knee replacement has a relatively long recovery period, during which you will be completing physical therapy to stay in shape and get used to your post-surgical knee. Most patients can resume light everyday activities around 6 weeks after surgery.
Learn more about knee replacement surgery at Mercy Hospital. We offer comprehensive orthopedic services, backed with rehabilitation on an inpatient and outpatient basis. To learn more about our services or to request a physician referral, call our free Consult-a-Nurse® service at (305) 285-2929.