Answering Your FAQs About New Jersey Total Knee Replacement

July 18th, 2014
Here at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, we’re home to some of the world’s top teams of orthopedic physicians. We’re known throughout the US and abroad for our cutting-edge work in research and new technique developments. Some of our top areas of focus include spine, hip and knee, shoulder and elbow, and foot and ankle. Those looking for the best physicians to perform New Jersey total knee replacement surgery know that Rothman Orthopaedic Institute is the place to come for outstanding care.
Although we see patients who need joint replacement for a wide variety of reasons, we’ve noticed a trend in the types of questions that most of our patients come in needing answered. In order to make your research phase a little simpler, we’ve decided to break down a few of the most frequently asked questions - and their answers, of course - right here for you!
New Jersey Total Knee Replacement FAQs
1. Will my entire natural knee joint be removed during surgery?
Actually, it is just the damaged surface of the joint that is removed. The worn cartilage at the ends of the bones are where the knee arthritis has taken its toll so those are the areas where the bones are shaved down and the new metal and plastic prosthesis surfaces are added.
2. What are the advantages of having New Jersey total knee replacement?
This procedure recreates the normal function of the knee, allowing patients to return to an active, healthy lifestyle without the mobility limitations that come with arthritic knees. Most importantly, knee replacements provide significant pain relief!
3. What can I expect immediately after surgery?
If you’re wondering how long you’ll be held up in bed after your knee replacement, you’ll be glad to hear that most patients can stand and begin basic exercise movement the day after surgery! Before you leave the hospital, you will most likely be walking (with support), carefully climbing stairs and you’ll be able to get in and out of a car. You may use a cane for support for walking during the first 2 to 6 weeks post-op.
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