The knee is the biggest joint in the human body, and it receives the most wear and tear. Because of this, knee-joint conditions are among the most common in the USA. In fact, it is estimated that about 50 million Americans have been or will be diagnosed with some form of arthritis, the knee being one of the most common areas affected.
Total Knee Replacement Procedure
Total knee replacement, or knee arthroplasty, is a treatment that directly addresses a damaged knee. With the use of prosthetic components, patients benefit from a brand new knee that virtually eliminates any remnants of arthritis or other condition. In an effort to deliver the best total knee replacement New Jersey has available, the surgeons at Gotham City Orthopedics are meticulous in ensuring your prosthetic is the highest quality available.
There are four basic steps of total knee replacement:
- Preparation of the bone begins with the removal of the damaged cartilage where the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone) meet. A small amount of underlying bone is also removed, making room for the prosthetic components.
- The next step is the positioning of metal implants. The damaged cartilage and bone is replaced by metal components that recreate the joint surfaces. These components are typically cemented or “press-fitted” into the bone.
- The next step is to resurface the kneecap, which is not necessary in some cases.
- Insertion of a medical-grade plastic spacer between the metal components, thereby creating a smooth, gliding surface.
Total Knee Replacement Recovery
After total knee replacement, you may need to spend 3-5 days at an aftercare facility until you are cleared to go home. While recovering, you will need to undergo Physical Therapy, which is administered by our Physical Therapists at Gotham City Orthopedics. By looking after every aspect of your recovery process, we routinely deliver among the best knee replacement surgery NYC has to offer.
After your recovery, which usually takes about 4-6 weeks, you will regain much of your pre-op mobility. Higher impact activities such as running, jogging and jumping are not recommended, whereas walking, swimming and biking can typically be resumed. Your individual recommendations can be discussed with your surgeon. The key difference is you will feel no more pain and discomfort.
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At Gotham City Orthopedics, we are Board-Certified experts in joint replacement. We provide among the best knee replacement surgery NYC has available. We are eager to help you on your road to smooth function of any joint in your body.
The notable difference between Gotham City Orthopedics and other Orthopedic facilities is our uncompromising care for our patients. We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need our assistance in total knee replacement in New Jersey or NYC, we are ready. Call us today and schedule your private consultation.