How Much Do You Know About Knee Surgeries?
There are a number of different types of surgical approaches to knee problems. Take this quiz to see how much you know about them:
Here’s a quick breakdown of the types of treatments that are employed:
Total Knee Replacement
· Entire knee joint replaced with an artificial joint (prosthesis).
· Involves removal of damaged tissue, resurfacing of surrounding bones to help cradle the artificial joint, followed by implantation of the prosthesis.
· Patients typically can resume driving at 4 weeks and walking unaided at 4-6 weeks. Full recovery can take up to 3 months.
Partial Knee Replacement
· Less invasive than total knee replacement.
· Ideal for patients with arthritis pain in a limited area.
· Surgeon removes only the damaged areas of cartilage and repairs the surfaces of the joint.
· Patients walk unaided 3-4 weeks post operation, though physical therapy will still be needed for months after that.
· A minimally invasive procedure; a small camera is used to allow the surgeon to see inside the joint.
· Small tools are used to trim torn tissue, grasp loose pieces of bone or cartilage, or repair a damaged bone or joint.
· Fewer incisions, less scarring, less risk of infection, greater specificity, and cost savings.
· Usually between 4 and 6 weeks.
Knee Cartilage Transplants
· A treatment option for deteriorating knee cartilage that may prevent a full knee replacement in the future.
· Healthy cartilage is taken from your own body and transplanted to the area of deteriorating cartilage.
· It’s variable, but recovery is expected to take about 6 weeks.
· The most common type of surgery for an ACL injury.
· Involves replacing the torn ligament with new tissue via graft.
· This graft may be a ligament or tendon from your own knee (an autograft) or from a donor (an allograft).
· Weight can again be placed on the knee at around 4 weeks; however, complete recovery can take 6 to 9 months.
If you’re suffering from pain or discomfort in the knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, or other part of your limbs, the team at Onward Orthopedics can help. These experts specialize in the latest minimally-invasive surgical techniques and technologies to ensure successful patient outcomes. Learn more about what they do by calling (800) 577-1693 today!