You used to run up the steps. Sometimes you even wanted to see how fast you could reach the top. But then your knee started getting sore. Suddenly, just trying to walk up a flight of stairs became painful. And the further you went, the more it hurt.
If knee pain interrupts you when you work, sleep, walk, drive or rise from a chair—and if medicine and other treatments no longer work—you may consider total knee replacement. It’s not a decision to take lightly.
The orthopaedic experts at Grand View Health make triumphant comebacks happen. Our focus will always be personal. We’ll take the time to help you understand every option. We’ll sit down with you, answer your questions, and give you the information you need to make the best choice.
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about total knee replacement to help guide you:
You may be a candidate if your pain is caused by arthritis and limits your activities of daily living. Surgery will be recommended only after careful examination and diagnosis of your knee problem, and only after you’ve tried non-surgical options such as exercise, physical therapy and medication.
No one design fits every patient. A surgeon will choose the implant that’s best for you based on your age, activity level, the implant’s track record, and the surgeon’s comfort with that implant.
We perform a type of knee replacement procedure where the worn-out surfaces of your knee are resurfaced with metal and plastic components. This is called a quadricep-sparing technique, and it’s minimally invasive. This technique is designed to reduce or eliminate pain, allow easier movement, and get you back to a normal life.
Board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Paul Weidner, MD, with Upper Bucks Orthopaedics at Grand View Health is using Stryker’s Mako® Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery for select patients who need total or partial knee replacements. Patients undergoing a procedure with Mako will receive a CT scan two weeks prior to surgery date. That scan will be used to create a 3-D image of your knee. Dr. Weidner will use that 3-D image to create a personalized surgical plan. Dr. Weidner will then use the Mako System to assist during the surgery. Mako technology has the potential to provide quicker recovery with less pain and fewer days in the hospital.
The Joint Center at Grand View Health is dedicated to joint replacement patients. Our local, experienced, board-certified surgeons from Upper Bucks Orthopaedics at Grand View Health will work with specially trained nurses, physical therapists and technicians who will help you get back to your favorite activities as quickly as possible. Our surgeons have earned the Gold Seal of Approval for Total Joint Replacement—Knee from The Joint Commission.
You may go home after just one or two days. If you have both knees replaced at the same time, your stay may be longer. Our goal is to help you recover in the comfort of your own home as soon as possible. However, every patient is different, and some patients may need to spend a few days at a rehabilitation center or nursing home after surgery.
Most people will need to use a walker or other device for about two weeks. You may be able to drive within four weeks, and you may get back to favorite activities like golf or bowling in 10 or 12 weeks.
Complications from total knee replacement are rare. Possible complications include blood clots in your leg veins, infection, implant loosening, fractures, nerve or blood vessel damage and knee stiffness. Your care team will work to minimize the risk of these and any other complications.
You will experience some discomfort after surgery, and we will work to keep you as comfortable as possible. Modern medications and new anesthetic techniques help us to help you control your pain.