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Knee Replacement Surgery

Men and women who have experienced degeneration in their knee due to age or problems caused by trauma may need to speak to their orthopedic team about the possibility of undergoing knee replacement surgery when other, more conservative methods fail to address the problem.

Why knee replacement surgery?

Knee replacement surgery, medically referred to as knee arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure that can be used to alleviate pain and restore function in a knee joint that has been diseased, degenerated, or affected by injury/trauma. Patients who have attempted other methods of treatment to address this condition without results may be the perfect candidate for knee replacement surgery.

What can I expect from knee replacement surgery?

During knee replacement surgery, a variety of steps may be performed by the orthopedic surgeon. Damaged cartilage and bone may be cut away from the surrounding areas, including the thighbone, shinbone, and kneecap, and is then replaced with a prosthetic joint that may be made of:

  • High-grade plastics
  • Polymers
  • Metal alloys

The purpose for completing knee replacement surgery is to address pain that may be caused by disease or trauma, including osteoarthritis. Patients whose lives are impacted by an inability to walk, step up stairs, or move around freely may be a good candidate for this procedure.

What are the risks of knee replacement surgery?

As with any surgery, it is important that patients understand the risks that can occur. Infection is always a concern, which is why our team of professionals will educate patients on self-care during recovery to reduce their risk of developing an infection at the incision. Blood clots, nerve damage, and long recovery may also occur. It is best that patients speak with their doctor and alleviate their concerns by learning as much as they can about the procedure and the expectations of the surgery and replacement. Patients should also take time to learn about the recovery, which may include prescription pain medications and weeks of physical therapy to regain strength and function to the area.

Are you faced with the need for knee replacement?

Contact the team at Summit Healthcare Orthopedic Center in Show Low, AZ today to speak to our professionals about the benefits of treatment. Drs. Ian Brimhall, Raul Curiel, and Jeffrey M. Reagan are here to assist. Call (928) 537-6381 to schedule your consultation visit at 2200 East Show Low Lake Road.

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