As the huge generation of baby boomers move into their 60s and experience progressively debilitating arthritis, fractures and disease, knee replacement surgery is becoming more and more common. When chronic knee pain impairs daily function joint replacement becomes an option that can restore your physical movement. A knee joint replacement may be recommended when all other methods of treatments have not alleviated the pain and restored movement. Also called knee arthroplasty, knee replacement surgery involves removing damaged bone and cartilage and replacing it with an artificial joint.
Following knee replacement surgery patients will see a huge improvement in knee function within a month or so. Previous knee pain is typically gone. You can expect a hospital stay of a couple days. Regular physical therapy sessions will help to restore muscle strength and allows patients to return to most activities. Your ability to participate in higher impact activities may be limited following surgery. Each patient is different and will recover and rehabilitate based on his or her unique circumstances. Knee replacement will help you return to normal activities without pain.