What To Expect From A Knee Replacement Surgery | OCSM Orthopedic Surgeon in New Orleans

In this article, you'll learn all you need to know about knee replacement surgery, as well as when you need the surgery and w

What Is Knee Replacement?

Knee replacement, also known as arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves taking out worn-out bone surfaces and replacing them with artificial substitutes. This surgery aims to relieve extreme pain and restore functionality to a damaged knee.

When Do You Need Knee Replacement?

A knee replacement surgery might be necessary if other treatment methods have not been effective in reducing pain and discomfort. Getting surgery might be the only way to regain mobility and flexibility to your knees. The primary reason you might need knee replacement is knee arthritis. There are different types of arthritis, but the most common one that damages the knee is osteoarthritis. Other reasons may include knee injuries, rheumatoid arthritis, hemophilia, and others.

Further signs that you might need knee replacement surgery are:

Swelling On The Affected Knee

Your knee can swell due to inflammation caused by arthritis. If the knee is constantly inflamed, wear and tear of the tissues can increase, causing more damage in the long term.

Sleeplessness And Restlessness

Knee pain can be challenging to bear. The increased pain might be an indication of wear and tear. As soon as you start having pain in your knee that doesn't go away after taking medication and engaging in therapy, you might require knee replacement surgery.

Inability To Perform Your Daily Activities

When an injured knee prevents you from performing your daily activities, such as running, walking, or even sleeping comfortably, the best course of action is to seek professional care. After consultation, a specialized doctor will provide the best treatment.

What To Expect In A Knee Replacement Surgery

The procedure requires professional skill and precision and can be completed within 2 to 3 hours. Depending on how critical your needs are, your doctor will administer either local or general anesthesia.

A total or partial knee replacement surgery would be recommended based on the extent of the damage. Total knee replacement is more prevalent than partial one. The surgical procedure involves removing the worn-out bone and cartilage and replacing it with artificial parts made of metal and plastic. However, the surgery isn't permanent and can only last about 20 years. In time, there might be a need for another replacement.

Knee Surgery And Orthopedics In New Orleans

As scary as getting surgery might sound, rest assured that you will get through it when handled by an experienced orthopedics surgeon. Dr. Espinoza, a renowned Orthopedic Surgeon in New Orleans, alongside his team of physicians at OCSM, is here for you, whether you only need an evaluation or top-quality knee replacement surgery. Schedule an appointment by clicking here, or call (504) 217 5319.

Author
Luis M. Espinoza MD Dr. Espinoza served as the AAA Team Doctor for the the New Orleans Zephyrs/BabyCakes since joining the Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine in 2003. He is double board certified in General Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine.

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