Did you know that around 4.7 million Americans are living with an artificial knee joint, according to a 2010 Mayo Clinic orthopedics study? The dedicated board-certified surgeons of Mehling Orthopedics, Brian Mehling, MD, and Pavel Yufit, MD, provide knee replacement procedures in multiple locations in Hackensack, New Jersey, or West Islip, New York. With extensive knowledge, advanced state-of-the-art surgical tools and techniques, and patient experience at the forefront, the surgeons at Mehling Orthopedics restore mobility and improve quality of life as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Learn more and schedule online or call Mehling Orthopedics.
A knee replacement is a surgery designed to relieve pain and restore functioning in knee joints that are severely damaged or diseased.
There are different types of knee replacement procedures. A knee replacement surgery involves your surgeon cutting away any damaged cartilage and bone from your shinbone, kneecap, and thigh bone and replacing it with an artificial prosthesis comprising high-grade plastics, metal alloys, and polymers.
Knee replacement surgery requires anesthesia. To prevent infection, your surgeon can administer an intravenous antibiotic. A nerve block might be used to numb the area.
To figure out if you need a knee replacement, you undergo a thorough evaluation where your surgeon assesses your medical history, current medical health, the range of motion of your knee, and the strength, stability, and condition of your knee.
Your surgeon uses advanced imaging technology, such as X-rays, to decipher the damage and help you decide if a knee replacement is right for you.
A wide variety of surgical techniques and knee replacement prosthesis are now available. To decide what’s best for you, your surgeon considers a number of factors, such as your weight, age, activity level, overall health, the size and shape of your knee, and more.
One of the most common reasons many people choose knee replacement surgery is to relieve pain from osteoarthritis. Those in need of a total knee replacement usually have difficulty walking and climbing stairs.
A knee replacement procedure usually takes about two hours. Once your procedure is complete, you’re taken to a recovery room where you might have to stay for a couple of days.
Thanks to modern advances, a knee replacement procedure now involves less downtime than ever before.
Following your surgery, you can gradually increase your activity level and decrease your pain. You might need to use a walker or crutches to help you become accustomed to your new artificial joint. Most people only take around six weeks post-surgery to resume most of their daily activities.
A knee replacement offers many benefits and can restore your mobility and improve your day-to-day functioning. There are a number of methods and techniques that can be effectively applied to boost your recovery, such as compression boots and blood thinners to protect against swelling and clotting, and physical therapy exercises to boost strength and functioning.
Most knee replacements can last over 15 years. If you’re dealing with complications in your knee joint, call Mehling Orthopedics or click to book online.