Knee Replacement

Knee Replacement

Knee Replacement
Painful knees are a common problem - often the result of wear-and-tear from sports injuries or obesity, which leads to a degenerative form of arthritis called osteoarthritis. Pain relievers and other treatments can help. When knee damage is severe, a total knee replacement can relieve the pain and allow you to be more active again. Learn more about knee replacement surgery from out experts.

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    What Should I Bring to the Hospital for My Knee Replacement Surgery?
    Orthopedic surgeon Umesh Bhagia, MD explains what to do in the days before knee replacement surgery and what to pack for the hospital stay. Watch this video with the staff from West Hills Hospital & Medical Center.
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    For custom knee replacements, a custom knee prosthesis is made. To produce a custom knee prosthesis, a computed tomography (CT) scan of the person's knee anatomy is sent to the manufacturer, where a 3D printer creates a metal implant of the knee designed with the person's exact measurements and shape. Instead of using knee implants off the shelf and chipping away at them to make them fit into people, surgeons receive custom knee implants from the manufacturer ready to fit into their specific person.
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    Defining success for total knee replacement (TKR) surgery begins prior to surgery, during a frank discussion between you and your surgeon. The conversation should include what your goals are and if the surgeon thinks those goals are achievable and appropriate. Some goals simply are not reasonable, such as long-distance running or team soccer, particularly if the new joint is to enjoy longevity.

    Unfortunately, there are a significant number of people who have undergone TKR and are not happy with the result. Some studies estimate 20% or more fall into this category. Defining success or a satisfactory result can mean two very different things to an individual who had the total knee versus the surgeon who implanted it. At the end of the day, it’s most important that the person who had the TKR is happy.

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    A recovery coach is a friend or relative who will help you in the hospital and at home after knee replacement surgery. Your recovery coach will need to:
    • Attend a pre-surgery class with you and learn how to help you
    • Take care of family members or pets while you're in the hospital and once you go home
    • Attend at least one session of physical therapy with you per day during your hospital stay
    • Take you home from the hospital and stay with you for at least a week after you go home from the hospital
    • Take you to your health care appointments, and help with errands, groceries, household work, and preparing meals
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    A fall during the first few weeks after knee replacement surgery can damage your new knee and may result in a need for further surgery. Be especially careful about stairs until your knee is strong and mobile. Use a cane, crutches, a walker, or handrails or have someone to help you until you have improved your balance, flexibility, and strength.
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    What’s the Difference Between a Total Knee Replacement and a Partial Knee Replacement?
    Thomas Fleeter, MD from Reston Hospital Center defines total vs. partial knee replacement surgery in this video.
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    You and your orthopedic surgeon will decide together which type of knee implant is best for you. Once you have chosen between a fixed-bearing implant and a mobile-bearing implant, you can decide on the best design for you. Things to consider include your age, your weight, your activity level, your sex, and your overall health. Other factors include your surgeon's experience with a particular design and how long the implant is likely to last.
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    Why Is Physical Therapy Important After Knee Replacement Surgery?
    Learn why physical therapy is crucial to improving muscle strength, bone growth and coordination following knee replacement surgery. Watch this video with Meredith Draisey, Orthopedic Program Joint Coordinator at Reston Hospital Center.
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    What Should a Patient Consider Before Having Knee Replacement Surgery?
    Learn three important factors patients should consider when making a decision about knee replacement surgery. Watch this video with Meredith Draisey, an Orthopedic Program Joint Coordinator at Reston Hospital Center.
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    What Physical Therapy Is Needed After Knee Replacement Surgery?
    Physical therapy after a knee replacement focuses on the range of motion, strengthening and learning to use the joint again. Learn more from Julia Saddington, PA from John Randolph Medical Center in this video.
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