When an injury or arthritis leaves you with severe knee pain that limits your daily activities and doesn’t improve with conservative treatment, it may be time to consider knee replacement surgery. The expert team at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics assesses the need for knee replacement surgery at four locations in Nashville and another in Franklin, Tennessee. To learn more about knee replacement surgery, call the nearest office, or book an appointment online today.
Knee replacement surgery restores function to a knee damaged by an injury or disease like arthritis. This safe and effective procedure can relieve knee pain and help you return to normal activities.
Also called knee arthroplasty, this procedure involves removing worn-out or injured parts of your knee joint and replacing them with artificial components made of metal and plastic.
The team at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics typically explores non-surgical treatments, such as physical therapy, before recommending a knee replacement.
However, knee replacement surgery may be right for you if conservative therapies don’t provide adequate relief from your pain and symptoms.
Arthritis, especially osteoarthritis, is the most common reason people get knee replacement surgery. Rheumatoid arthritis and post-traumatic arthritis may also require knee replacement surgery.
Knee replacement surgery happens while you’re asleep under general anesthesia. Your Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics surgeon makes an incision along your knee to expose the joint.
Your surgeon removes damaged cartilage and a small amount of underlying bone from the ends of your thigh bone (femur) and shin bone (tibia), then replaces the removed cartilage with metal implants. They may also resurface the kneecap (patella) with a plastic implant.
Your surgeon inserts a spacer made of medical-grade plastic between the metal implants. Then, they move your knee through its full range of motion to make sure it glides smoothly and close the incision with stitches.
Most people stay in the hospital for 1-3 days after a knee replacement surgery. Your Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics provider creates a recovery plan that includes pain management, wound care, physical therapy, and rehabilitation.
Physical therapy is an essential part of the recovery process. Typically, physical therapy begins a few hours after surgery and may continue for approximately 6-8 weeks.
The amount of time it takes to recover from knee replacement surgery varies, but most people resume normal daily activities 12 weeks after surgery. Full recovery may take up to one year. After your recovery period, you may engage in most activities you enjoyed prior to surgery.
For expert care in knee replacement surgery, call Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics, or book an appointment online today.
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