If you suffer from severe knee damage that makes it difficult to perform basic activities, like walking or climbing stairs, you may be a candidate for knee replacement surgery. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon David N. Feldman, MD, performs knee replacement procedures at Active Joints Orthopedics in Englewood, New Jersey. To find out if a knee replacement is right for you, call or book an appointment online today.
Also called knee arthroplasty, knee replacement is a surgical procedure that involves removing damaged or diseased tissue from your knee joint and replacing it with artificial (prosthetic) components. The goal of knee replacement is to improve your quality of life by relieving pain and restoring normal functioning to your knee joint.
Whether to have a knee replacement is a major decision. This should be a collaborative agreement between you, Dr. Feldman, and any other significant members of your support team, like family and medical providers.
Dr. Feldman may recommend you get a knee replacement if you have knee pain and restricted mobility that don’t improve with nonsurgical treatments like physical therapy.
Chronic conditions, like arthritis, are the most common reasons for knee replacement surgery. However, a knee replacement may be the solution to a variety of knee problems, like severe fractures or deformities.
More than 90% of people who get a knee replacement experience significant pain relief and improvement in their ability to perform daily tasks.
First, Dr. Feldman performs a physical exam and reviews your symptoms and medical history to ensure you’re a good candidate for knee replacement surgery. He also discusses the best type of anesthesia for your procedure, including general anesthesia or a regional nerve block.
Knee replacement surgery typically lasts 1-2 hours. During this time, Dr. Feldman carefully removes damaged cartilage and bone from your knee and then positions the prosthetic joint. After surgery, you may need to stay in the hospital for a few days.
The team at Active Joints Orthopedics works with you to develop a post-surgical rehabilitation plan that may include physical and occupational therapy. They also advise you on steps you can take at home, like adding a stable bench or chair to your shower.
You should be able to walk with an assistive device, like a walker, soon after surgery. However, you’ll need help performing daily tasks like laundry, cooking, and shopping. If you live alone, the team at Active Joints Orthopedics helps you make arrangements for assistance.
To find out if knee replacement surgery is right for you, call Active Joints Orthopedics or book an appointment online today.