Ongoing or severe knee pain can feel crippling when left untreated. If you have severe joint wear-and-tear or a debilitating knee injury, turn to Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services in Visalia, Reedley, and Porterville, California. The expert team of orthopaedic surgeons offers total knee replacement surgery to replace damaged tissues with top-quality artificial components. Call the office to learn more or schedule an appointment online today.
Total knee replacement is a type of orthopaedic surgery in which your specialist replaces all of your knee joint with artificial parts. Doing so can improve musculoskeletal function and reduce ongoing or severe pain. The Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services team uses cutting-edge technology and procedures to maximize your results.
You may need a total knee replacement if you experience pain while walking, getting in or out of chairs, climbing stairs, or even resting. The most common reason for needing total knee replacement is joint deterioration associated with osteoarthritis. You may also be a candidate for the procedure if you have a severe knee injury.
To determine if you need a total knee replacement, the Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services discuss your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history and examine your knee joint to look for signs of deterioration. You may also need blood tests, X-rays, an MRI, a CT scan, or an ultrasound.
To get ready for knee surgery, follow your provider’s instructions.
Don’t smoke, arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure, and stop taking certain medications if your specialist asks you to.
If instructed, don’t eat or drink anything the morning of your scheduled surgery.
You will receive anesthesia before undergoing total knee replacement to numb the area and make you fall asleep.
Your provider makes a tiny incision near your knee and removes the joint, then replaces it with new knee joint parts. Finally, your surgeon closes the incision and takes you to a recovery area. Total knee replacement surgery could last about two hours.
After total knee replacement, it’s important to take it easy and follow all of your post-surgery instructions. Ice your knee, wear a brace, use crutches initially, and gradually increase activity. Attend physical therapy sessions and follow-up appointments with the Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services team. Your new knee could last more than 15 years when cared for properly.
To find out if total knee replacement is right for you, call the Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services office or schedule an appointment online today.