Total Knee Arthroplasty (Replacement)
Total Knee Replacement is a surgical procedure that was developed to provide pain relief for patients whose knees have been severely damaged by arthritis or injury. Although orthopaedic surgeons have used knee replacement surgery to safely treat patients with knee pain for more than four decades, recent improvements in surgical materials and techniques have greatly increased its effectiveness.
If your knees have been damaged by arthritis or injury, you may have difficulty performing everyday activities, like walking, biking, or climbing stairs. You may also feel pain while sitting or lying down. If non-surgical treatments have proven ineffective at minimizing your pain, you may want to consider having total knee replacement surgery.
In the four decades since total knee replacement surgery was introduced, it has become one of the most successful procedures in modern medicine. More than 600,000 total knee replacement surgeries are performed in the United States each year, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. If you suffer from chronic knee pain and disability due to arthritis, then you may want to consider knee replacement surgery. In particular, joint replacement surgery is a common treatment for men and women suffering from knee pain due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis.
What Is Involved
Total knee replacement surgery takes approximately one to two hours. During that time, your damaged cartilage and bone will be removed and a new metal or plastic implant will be positioned, with the goal of restoring the alignment and function of your knee.
More than nine out of 10 people who undergo knee replacement surgery will experience a significant reduction in knee pain and a noticeable improvement in their ability to perform everyday activities, such as walking and climbing stairs. However, excessive activity or weight may speed up the period of normal wear and may cause a knee replacement to become painful over time. High-impact activities, such as running, skiing, or aerobics, are typically restricted after surgery.
To learn more about knee replacement surgery in Redding, CA, and schedule a consultation appointment, please contact my office at (530) 395-0340.