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Addressing Your Concerns: What to Expect Before, During and After Surgery.
While discussing the option of knee replacement surgery with your doctor and determining your best options, you undoubtedly will have many questions.
What causes knee pain?
Knee pain can be caused by many things, including arthritis, injury and infection.
What is a knee replacement?
When your surgeon performs a knee replacement, he/she uses special, precision instruments to remove the damaged surfaces of your femur, tibia and kneecap. Then, the parts of the bone that rub together are resurfaced with metal and plastic implants.
How do I know if knee replacement is right for me?
After a thorough evaluation, including a review of your medical history, an exam and x-rays, your orthopedic surgeon will decide if you are a good candidate for knee replacement surgery.
Does medical insurance cover knee replacement surgery?
While you should check with your insurance company, knee replacement surgery is usually covered by medical insurance, including Medicare.
How old is the average knee replacement patient?
The average patient is 65-70 years of age, however, patients of all ages have received implants. If you are in good health and want to live an active life, then knee replacement is an option to discuss further with your doctor.
What do I need to consider when preparing for knee replacement surgery?
Your surgeon will discuss all preparation with you, but most likely you will be advised to donate one or two units of your blood, as blood transfusions are common during surgery. Your surgeon may also request that you see an internist or your regular doctor prior to surgery for a thorough physical examination.
How long is the average hospital stay for knee replacement surgery?
Patients are usually in the hospital for less than a week. While the hospital stay is relatively short, there is a fairly rigorous physical therapy schedule to follow once you are discharged before returning to normal activity.
Should I be concerned about the pain associated with knee replacement surgery?
There are many pain relief options available today to help keep you comfortable after surgery. Any temporary discomfort that you may feel should be minimal compared to the pain that you may have been suffering from prior to surgery.
What are the risks of knee replacement surgery?
Complications, while uncommon, can include, but are not limited to infection, blood clots, excessive bleeding and damage to bones, nerves or blood vessels. Be sure to discuss these risks and any pre-surgery preventive measures with your surgeon.
When will I be able to stand and walk after surgery?
After surgery, you will meet with a physical therapist to discuss exercises that you will need to perform. You can expect to be asked to stand about 24 hours after surgery. Most likely, within another 24 hours, you will be taking a few steps with the aid of a walker.
How long will it be before I can drive again?
Most patients feel well enough to drive within eight weeks of surgery.
Will knee replacement surgery work for me?
Post surgery and physical therapy, patients usually report reduced pain, increased mobility and an improved quality of life.
What activities can I participate in once I have recovered from surgery?
Most patients are able to return to low-impact activities within weeks of surgery but this depends on different factors, including your health and your recovery. Typically, knee replacement patients are advised to refrain from high-impact activities.
When traveling, will my knee replacement set off a metal detector?
While it is not likely that your knee replacement will activate a metal detector, if it does, simply notify the security guard and they will pass a hand-held unit over your knee to verify.
How long will my knee replacement last?
This varies from patient to patient based on many factors, including your physical condition, weight and activity level. Your surgeon can discuss this with you and will take into consideration your specific circumstances while advising you of the best practices to promote the longevity of your knee replacement.