Chronic knee pain and dysfunction can make daily life difficult, causing you to skip activities you love, gain weight, and lose your sense of independence. To regain mobility and improve your quality of life, see the specialists at Bahri Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. With more than 30 years of experience, the team provides total knee arthroplasty and other non-surgical treatments to relieve chronic knee issues. Set up an appointment now by calling or scheduling online.
A total knee arthroplasty is the medical term for a total knee replacement surgery. It is performed when the knee is severely damaged by arthritis or trauma and doesn’t function properly. This may also cause chronic pain, stiffness, and swelling.
During the surgery, damaged soft tissue and bone are removed from the joint and replaced with prosthetic devices made from medical-grade plastics, ceramics, and metals. The prosthetics provide a smooth surface for pain-free movement so you can return to the activities you love.
A total knee arthroplasty is recommended if you have severe damage or degeneration in your knee joint due to:
In these cases, conservative care and non-surgical treatments aren’t enough to restore normal movement and function in your knee.
If you suffer from chronic knee pain and disability, the team begins your visit with a consultation and exam to determine if you’re a candidate for surgery. They begin by asking about your symptoms and any specific trauma to your knee. Then, the team performs orthopedic tests on your knee to check your range of motion and knee function.
After your exam, the team refers you for X-rays and an MRI to assess the bone and soft tissue structures in your knee. If significant damage warrants surgery, the team outlines the surgical procedure and what to expect during recovery.
Once you’re under anesthesia, the team begins your surgery by making small incisions around your knee joint. The team then places an arthroscope — a type of surgical camera — through the incisions to visualize the inside of your knee.
Based on video guidance from the arthroscope, the team uses miniature surgical tools to remove damaged tissues and bone from your knee joint before preparing the area for your prosthetics. The prosthetics are shaped to fit during your surgery and may be cemented or screwed in place to allow for smooth joint movement.
After your surgery — which takes about two hours — you may stay in the hospital before returning home to recover. The team outlines your recovery plan, including appropriate rehab methods, and how long your recovery will take.
Schedule a consultation for a total knee replacement today at Bahri Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Clinic by calling or using the online tool.