Severe knee damage caused by injury or arthritis makes it hard to perform your daily activities like climbing the stairs or walking. Lying or sitting down may also feel painful. Exceptional pain control is obtained using nerve blocks and injections with long-acting painkillers around the knee. If you have tried walking support and medication without any luck, it's time you considered knee replacement surgery.


What is Total Knee Replacement?

Knee replacement surgery is a procedure used to resurface a damaged knee. Plastic and metal parts are used to cap the bones forming the knee joint. The surgery is considered for people with a severe knee injury or arthritis. Knee replacement surgery helps you relieve pain and restores function in your knee.


What Diagnosis is Treated with Total Knee Replacement?

The surgeon performs a diagnosis of your condition through an examination of your knee. The surgeon also conducts physical tests and analyzes x-rays. You'll describe your pain and inform the surgeon if you have had any past injuries to your knee. You should keep a record of your knee pain to share with your doctor.

An X-ray of the knee joint will indicate any unusual circumstances. The most common conditions that cause loss of knee function are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, but it could also be due to an infection or injury.

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What Happens During Total Knee Replacement?

First, a personal-sized/customized total knee replacement is designed using three-dimensional CAT scan constructed models. Once that is ready, your surgery will be scheduled.

For most patients, the surgery is performed using a spinal anesthetic. Your heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, and blood oxygen are also monitored during the surgery. Then, the doctor removes any excessive hair at the surgical site and makes an incision in your knee.

Next, the damaged surfaces are removed on the resurfacing of the joint with the prosthesis. The cemented prosthesis, which is the most common, is attached to the bone using surgical cement. Afterward, the incision is closed with surgical staples or stitches. Finally, the doctor may place an incision on the area to remove the fluid.


What is Recovery like for Total Knee Replacement?

Recovery time varies depending on the individual and the type of surgery.

Timeline
Most patients can resume normal activities within six weeks. For example, you can resume driving within 3 to 6 weeks. However, full recovery from knee replacement surgery may take 4 to 6 months.
Activity Restrictions
You'll be given a list of common restrictions during recovery. The restrictions include:
1. No driving: pain medications and stiffness will affect your ability to operate your vehicle.
2. No swimming: immersing the wound in water will increase infection risk.
3. Do not carry heavy loads: Extra weight will put stress on the knee and is not advisable.
Physical Therapy
Doctors usually prescribe outpatient physical therapy after discharge. The physical therapist will teach you:
1. Knee strengthening exercises
2. How to use walking devices
3. Knee exercises to reduce scar tissue and encourage motion

Why Choose Dr. Miers Johnson for Total Knee Replacement?

If you are suffering from knee pain, total knee replacement surgery may be the ideal solution. Dr. Miers Johnson is an orthopedic surgeon in Boise, Idaho, experienced at diagnosing and treating ailments affecting joints, bones, and muscles. He has 42 years of experience, so you are guaranteed high-quality treatment. Contact us for a consultation if you think you need a total knee replacement.

Why Choose Dr. Miers Johnson for Total Knee Replacement Surgery?