total-knee-replacement-surgery-los-angelesTotal knee replacement, also known as total knee arthroplasty, or TKA, is a highly effective procedure used to treat severe arthritic and cartilage damage to the knee joint. When performed by an experienced joint replacement surgeon on a proper candidate, this life-changing procedure can restore the ability to perform normal activities without pain.

The Joint Surgery Center of Excellence offers a team of renowned orthopedic surgeons committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to every patient. Our surgeons possess extensive training in the most advanced knee joint replacement techniques, a feature that translates to better outcomes and exceptional patient satisfaction.

For more information on total knee replacement surgery or to schedule a consultation with a Los Angeles orthopedic surgeon, please contact us by calling (888) 318-2842.

Who Is a Candidate for Total Knee Replacement?

Total knee replacement is an effective treatment for chronic and severe arthritic and cartilage damage to the knee. Over time, arthritis and joint damage can become extremely debilitating in terms of pain and loss of mobility, preventing people from performing normal activities and being as active and independent as they might wish. The majority of patients who undergo total knee replacement are between the ages of 50 and 80.

The knee has three main compartments that may be damaged from injury or arthritis. Typically, patients with severe damage in two or three of these compartments are good candidates for total knee replacement. If your arthritis is limited to one compartment of the knee, you may be eligible for a similar procedure, known as unicompartmental arthroplasty, to replace only the singularly damaged area of the knee joint.

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Preparing for Knee Replacement Surgery

Before undergoing knee replacement surgery, it is important to prepare to accommodate for certain temporary restrictions and inabilities following the procedure. For several weeks after surgery, you may require assistance in performing such daily tasks as cooking, bathing, dressing, navigating stairs, and driving. Simple home modifications, such as the addition of handrails, removal of loose carpets, and/or straightening up electrical cords and other obstructions on the floors and walkways can help protect your knee as you recover. At the Joint Surgery Center of Excellence, our orthopedic surgeons take the time to review the entirety of the knee replacement process with every patient to ensure the best recovery possible.

Details of the Procedure

Total knee arthroplasty (total knee replacement) is a surgery that should not be decided upon casually. Please be aware that this surgery does involve a formal operating room environment, and undergoing appropriate anesthesia.

Under general anesthesia, an incision is made in the front of the knee to provide access to the knee joint. The first step of a total knee replacement is to remove the damaged cartilage on the surfaces of the femur (upper) and tibia (lower) leg bones where they meet at the knee joint. A small amount of underlying bone may be shaved away or reshaped during this process. Specially fashioned metal components are then fixed into the knee joint to replace the damaged cartilage and bone. The metal implants are specifically shaped and precisely placed to closely mimic the normal anatomy of the knee. Depending on the patient, the bottom surface of the patella (kneecap) may also be resurfaced to optimize the fit of the implant and restore full and proper movement to the knee. Once your surgeon has confirmed proper alignment of all of the structures of the knee, the incision is closed, and the patient is brought to the recovery room to be monitored closely.

Recovery from Total Knee Replacement

Total knee arthroplasty takes approximately two or so hours for completion of the procedure itself, after which patients are brought into our comfortable recovery room and given pain-relieving medication.

Proper post-operative care and rehabilitation for your knee will be outlined by your surgeon and should be strictly followed to minimize the risk of complications. Once they have completed the rehabilitation process, most patients experience significant reduction of pain and restored mobility in their knees after knee replacement surgery.

Patients considering total knee replacement must commit to several months of comprehensive physical therapy rehabilitation in order to reduce pain and swelling, restore range of motion of the joint, and rebuild strength in the surrounding muscles of the knee.

If physical therapy is not completed properly, patients may experience a similar type of pain and dysfunction after the surgery as before it.

In order to avoid this unfortunate situation, and achieve a good result, with less pain and increased function/capacity of the knee, physical therapy is an essential part of the surgery and recovery process, and there is no “easy way” around this. Working on physical therapy after surgery requires diligence and strict adherence to attending the physical therapy schedule for months in order to get the best benefits from the surgery.

Contact an Expert Joint Replacement Surgeon

The Joint Surgery Center of Excellence houses a team of highly skilled orthopedic surgeons specializing in joint replacement surgery. Our surgeons are trained in the most advanced joint preserving  techniques and routinely perform total knee replacement surgery at our state-of-the-art outpatient center in Los Angeles.

If you are experiencing chronic knee pain, you may be eligible for a total knee replacement. To learn more about knee replacement or to schedule a consultation with one of our renowned orthopedic surgeons, please contact us at (888) 318-2842.

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