Total Knee Replacement

Orthopaedic Associates

General Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine located in Albany, GA

If arthritis or another joint disease is causing severe knee pain that negatively affects your quality of life, it may be time to consider total knee replacement surgery. The highly trained surgeons at Orthopaedic Associates perform total knee replacement procedures at their state-of-the-art surgery center in Albany, Georgia. Call or book an appointment online to find out if total knee replacement is right for you.

Total Knee Replacement Q & A

Orthopaedic Associates

What is a total knee replacement?

Total knee replacement is a surgical procedure that relieves pain and restores normal movement to your knee. This type of surgery is one of the most successful procedures in all of medicine, with over 600,000 knee replacements performed each year.

Also called knee arthroplasty, a total knee replacement involves four basic steps. First, your surgeon at Orthopaedic Associates removes damaged tissue from the ends of your leg bones where they meet at the knee joint. Then, they replace the tissue with specialized metal parts.

Depending on your needs, they may also resurface your kneecap with a plastic piece. Then, they insert a spacer made of medical-grade plastic to allow the knee joint to glide smoothly.

Why would I need a total knee replacement?

Getting a knee replacement is a big decision, but the friendly staff at Orthopaedic Associates spends as much time as you need discussing the risks and benefits of the procedure. They make sure you feel confident and informed about your total knee replacement.

Severe pain and restricted mobility from osteoarthritis are the most common reasons the team at Orthopaedic Associates performs total knee replacement surgery. If arthritis or another joint disease significantly interferes with your life, you may be a candidate for a knee replacement.

There aren’t any age or weight restrictions for knee replacement surgery, but most patients are between 50-80 years old.

What should I expect from total knee replacement surgery?

The highly trained orthopaedic surgeons at Orthopaedic Associates perform total knee replacement surgery while you’re either asleep under general anesthesia or awake with spinal anesthesia. They discuss the best anesthesia option for you before your procedure.

During surgery, they place your knee in a bent position to expose all surfaces. Then, they make a 6- to 10-inch incision to access the joint.

They carefully remove damaged or diseased tissue, including cartilage and bone. After they replace the tissue with artificial components, they close the incision with stitches. The entire procedure lasts about two hours.

Afterward, you’ll most likely stay in the hospital for a couple of days to recover. Your Orthopaedic Associates provider gives you instructions on how to care for your knee at home to ensure optimal recovery.

To find out if you’re a candidate for knee replacement surgery, call or book an appointment online today.