What to expect from knee replacement surgery

Knee replacement surgery is an operation that is performed in individuals who have a difficult time using their knee in the normal range of motion. Stiff knees that hurt when pressure is applied to them can make it hard to perform even simple movements such as walking and standing. This type of surgery is usually reserved for individuals who are over 50 years of age and who are experiencing osteoarthritis.

What takes place during the surgery?

Prior to the surgery, the individual will be placed under general anesthesia or they may receive a spinal epidural. This serves to numb the area where the doctors will be operating. Once the individual is under the general anesthesia, an incision is made in the front part of the knee which measures about 8 to 12 inches in length. Following this, the damaged part of the joint is removed and then the surfaces are shaped to hold a prosthetic joint. The artificial parts are placed and held using cement and they rely on the support of the surrounding muscle.

What occurs following knee replacement surgery?

After the surgery has been performed, the patient will remain in the hospital between 3 to 5 days after which time they will be cleared to return home. For the majority of people that have this surgery, their range of motion and ability to move pain free is drastically increased. The full benefits of the surgery are usually experienced about 1 month following the surgery. People with this surgery can begin to enjoy most activities within a few months of surgery except for running and jumping.

Where to go for surgery

You can visit your local trusted hospital where a skilled and experienced surgical team is ready and available to offer their assistance. Whether you have already had a consultation and have been referred to your local hospital or you are just researching your options, your local hospital can provide you with the right solutions.

At St. Margaret’s Hospital, we provide knee replacement surgery for individuals in pain and in need of this type of intensive treatment. Visit us online for more information at website. Call us to make an appointment for a consultation at (815) 664-5311. You can also visit them on Facebook for more information.

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