Total Knee Replacement
What Is a Total Knee Replacement?
A total knee replacement is a surgery that replaces damaged or worn-out knee joints with metal and plastic parts, offering pain relief and improved functionality. Surgeons evaluate the knee through examinations and X-rays to determine the need for surgery. The choice of artificial joints and surgical techniques depends on various factors like age, health, and knee size or shape.
The surgery is commonly performed to alleviate arthritis-related pain and mobility issues, and it involves replacing the entire joint. In comparison, a partial knee replacement involves less invasive work. Risks associated with total knee replacement surgery include blood clots, nerve damage, and infection, while the durability of the implants can result in potential loosening or wear over time. Preparing for the procedure involves discontinuing certain medications, arranging for necessary aids during recovery, and making home modifications for safety. Schneck’s experienced team provides the necessary information, preoperative instructions, and postoperative care to guide you every step of the way.