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Understanding How Is Total Knee Replacement Performed and Recovery

Total knee replacement (TKR) is one of the most popular and effective types of orthopedic surgery. Countless patients who have undergone a TKR have had their pain eliminated and their range of motion restored. If you have heard of TKR as a treatment option and are interested in learning more, this post is for you. It contains all the information you need to know and the resources needed to make an appointment with one of our awarded Orthopedic Specialists who specializes in joint replacement procedures.  We also have 5 locations throughout Fairfield County, CT.

 

What is a Total Knee Replacement?

A TKR is an orthopedic procedure used to replace an osteoarthritic knee joint that is causing pain and limiting motion. The surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, an orthopedic surgeon performs the following steps:

1. Osteoarthritic bone is removed from the above and below the knee

2. Special components are placed in the knee to mimic the normal function of the knee

3. Biological cement is used to secure the components
Once the components are in place and our orthopedic surgeons perform a series of tests to ensure the knee is moving properly, the incision used to perform the surgery is closed using sutures and/or skin staples.

Patients typically stay in the hospital for only a day after their procedure. Pain is controlled and specific measures are taken to completely minimize the risk of infection during this time.

 

What is the Recovery Time for a Total Knee Replacement?

 Patients see their surgeon for their first postoperative appointment two weeks after surgery. At this appointment, skin staples may be removed and physical therapy may be prescribed.

Over the course of twelve weeks, patients work closely with their physical therapist and orthopedic specialist to regain strength and improve range of motion. Pain steadily decreases during this time. Activities are increased/added depending on pain levels and response to therapy. The total recovery time for a TKR depends on many factors. Typically, patients can exercise and return to low impact physical activities twelve weeks after surgery, some even sooner.

 

What Results are Seen Following a Total Knee Replacement?

 TKR is one of the most effective types of orthopedic surgery. Because osteoarthritic bone is removed and replaced with special components, patients no longer feel pain caused by osteoarthritis. Their joint space is restored and their knee range of motion and strength returns. Patients are able to return to work or activities that they love in a relatively short period of time.

How do I Make an Appointment with a Knee Specialist in Connecticut?

 Knee pain should not dictate the way you live your life. If you are experiencing knee pain that does not go away on its own or respond to conservative treatment measures, please do not hesitate to contact one of our 5 Fairfield County, CT offices to make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Knee Specialists.

Every measure will be taken to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan. The knee pain solution you have always wanted can be found when you see one of our awarded Orthopedic Specialists.