Chronic knee pain can be an ongoing disruption in your life, and it may
get to the point where conservative treatment options like ambulatory
aids, medications, and physical therapy are ineffective for pain relief.
When you are living with persistent knee pain, total knee replacement
may become an option that you consider for your care to improve your mobility
and achieve a pain-free lifestyle.
Knee replacement is among the most common total joint replacement procedures performed
today, and it can be a great treatment option with the right patient education
and aftercare. Keep reading to learn what you can expect with total knee
replacement for your chronic pain.
Why your doctor may recommend surgery
Arthritis and knee injuries are often the
conditions behind chronic knee pain that persists even with the use of conservative therapies. Osteoarthritis
is commonly associated with knee replacement, because this condition will
cause progressive damage with more severe pain and inflammation through
time. Traumatic injuries that have not healed properly may also lead to
surgery, because post-traumatic arthritis may develop and cause degenerative
damage that limits the function of the joint.
What happens during the procedure
Total knee replacement begins with the removal of damaged cartilage and
bone surfaces that are causing inflammation in the joint. Once these structures
are removed, metal implants will connect to the bone either with press-fit
designs or cement to attach the implants. The kneecap is typically replaced
with a plastic piece, and plastic spacers complete the procedure to ensure
a smooth gliding action between the metal components.
What to expect after your surgery
Following surgery, you will need to avoid rigorous, high-intensity physical
activity, but you will likely have a dramatic reduction in knee pain and
a great improvement in your mobility. Immediately after surgery, you may
need to use a cane or walker for support, but physical therapy will help
you make a complete recovery as you regain your independence and strength.
With the orthopedic care at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, you can explore all of
your treatment options for chronic joint pain with surgical services accredited by The Joint
Commission. To find a physician for your knee replacement surgery or learn
more about our services, give us a call at (855) 985-3703 and speak with
one of our registered nurses.