Knee replacement surgery will replace a heavily damaged joint with a custom-fitted new joint crafted from biocompatible metal and plastic. The incision is created just above the kneecap that lies over the joint requiring replacement. This allows the surgeon to access the joint, install the replacement, and then put the kneecap back in place. The incision typically ranges from several inches up to around 10 inches long, and it will be stitched securely closed once the replacement joint is placed.
The length of time that a knee replacement lasts depends on the patient, and it can vary widely. Many people who have knee replacements still enjoy perfectly functioning knees a decade, or even 15 years, after the surgery. The surgeon can advise each patient on exactly what they can expect in terms of longevity. The better that patients care for themselves and their bodies, the longer the knee replacements are likely to last.
This will vary by person. The majority of people can expect to be fully recovered within several months. Immediately after the knee replacement surgery, most patients use an assistive device like a walker or crutches for up to a month. Following that, most people are able to use a walking cane for support as needed. Toward the end of the recovery period, a patient will typically be able to walk unassisted. Many patients find that the use of ice packs can be very helpful for pain relief after a knee replacement surgery. The doctor may prescribe some pain medication to be used on an as-needed basis. Many people are able to adequately control pain with over-the-counter medication after a few days of recovery time after a knee replacement.
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"The surgery and follow up went smoothly. I had no issues or problems."
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"I found him to be very accurate with my diagnosis, and even found other things wrong that most doctors' didn't find."
"Gave me confidence in him and in my ability to have a good experience in surgery recovery.. Was a great experience if a knee replacement can have one..highly recommend."
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"Dr. V was very thorough in exam, and X-rays. Explained diagnosis and options for treatment. Very pleased."
"I underwent bilateral knee replacement and could not be happier with the results. I am feeling great. I recovered faster than I though I would. I love Dr. Lombardo."
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"Dr. Harrison has done both my should surgeries and I can't say enough good things about him. He helped ease my mind and my recovery was incredible."
"HE did the surgery with a plate and 9 screws. I had my follow up care...and the surgeons were impressed with his work. I recovered well enough to be back on the job"
"By week three, no pain at all. I don't know how that was even possible, but all I can say is Dr. Harrison is my HERO!"
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"Excellent orthopedic doctor . I had a full knee replacement and could not be more pleased with the results .Thrilled he is back in the area."
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