The surgeon then puts trial implants in place and tests to make sure that the knee will straighten and bend without wobbling; it takes great surgical skill to properly balance the ligaments and tendons to work with the implant. The surgeon then attaches the implant components to the femur and tibia with cement or screws. If your patella will be resurfaced, the surgeon also attaches a small oval-shaped plastic piece to the back. After the surgeon finishes your knee replacement, he or she will stitch your incisions closed. The total surgical time for a knee replacement procedure is about one to two hours, though you will be in the operating room for longer than that while the surgical team preps you for surgery.
- Q What should I bring to the hospital for my knee replacement surgery?
- Q Who is not a candidate for muscle-sparing knee replacement surgery?
- Q What knee exercises should I do after total knee replacement surgery?
- Q How can I prevent swelling after knee replacement surgery?
- Q What is a knee replacement recovery coach?
- Q How should I use a CPM machine after knee replacement surgery?