The board certified physicians at OrthoTexas, Frisco provide effective treatment for various orthopedic conditions of the knee. They also specialize in performing knee replacement surgery for patients suffering from different degenerative and deformity problems.
Knee Replacement Surgery
Knee Replacement, also known as Arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure aimed at treating the joint damaged due to severe injury or advanced stage of Arthritis. It helps to eliminate pain and restore the normal functionality of the knee joint.
There are two main types of knee replacement procedures:
Who Is A Candidate For Knee Replacement?
Total Knee Replacement: In this procedure, the knee surgeon substitutes the entire damaged bone and cartilage from the knee with a prosthesis. In some cases, the inner part of the kneecap may also be replaced to reduce and pain and provide for a smoother functioning of the joint.
Partial Knee Replacement: This procedure involves replacing only a part of the damaged knee. Partial knee replacement involves reduced blood loss, less pain and damage to surrounding muscles, smaller scars and shorter recovery period.
The orthopedic surgeon in Frisco may recommend knee replacement if the patient is experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:
Knee Replacement: The Procedure
Intense pain, stiffness and swelling in the knee joint
Limited range of motion
Difficulty performing everyday tasks, such as walking, climbing stairs or getting up from the chair
Disability due to advanced stage of Knee Arthritis
Pain due to severe knee injury
Knee Replacement Surgery can be performed either under the effect of general or epidural anesthesia. The knee surgeon makes a small incision in anterior part of the joint. After that, the damaged cartilage or tissues are removed and the knee surface is reshaped to hold a prosthetic joint. The thighbone, shinbone and kneecap are then attached to the artificial knee. After this the newly attached parts constitute the knee joint, supported by the adjacent ligaments and muscles for proper functioning.
Recovery From Knee Replacement
Most patients take up to 4 to 6 weeks to completely recover from a knee replacement surgery. Initially, wearing a knee brace or using crutches while waking may be helpful to provide support to the joint. Performing light stretching and strengthening exercises, as prescribed by the physical therapist, may also boost recovery.
To schedule an appointment with the knee surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco, you can call at (214) 618 - 5502.