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What Can I Expect After My Knee Replacement Surgery?

hat Can I Expect After My Knee Replacement Surgery?

Choosing surgical knee replacement means choosing mobility, activity, and a pain-free lifestyle. This surgery commonly improves the lives of recipients. However, as with any surgery, you have a recovery period to get through before you can fully enjoy the benefits of knee replacement.

Dr. Jeffrey Pearson and the team at Orthopedic Specialists of Louisiana provide partial knee replacement surgery, total knee replacement, and even revision knee surgery procedures. We support patients from around the Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana, area in finding freedom from knee pain and dysfunction.

Before your surgery: knowing your procedure

Knee replacement surgery, also known as knee arthroplasty, involves Dr. Pearson removing and replacing some or all of the components of your knee joint with medical-grade prosthetics. After your recovery, your new knee works smoothly and naturally.

Before your procedure, Dr. Pearson ensures that you fully understand what to expect from your surgery and recovery. When you have the information you need, you can recover with confidence and a positive attitude.

You may need total knee replacement, or may be able to benefit from a partial knee replacement. Partial procedures are typically less invasive, with reduced post-surgery recovery time. 

Dr. Pearson uses advanced robotic-assisted surgery technology, including Stryker's Mako® SmartRobotics™ and the MAKOplasty® platform to keep your procedure as minimally-invasive as possible.

Surgery and post-surgery recovery: what to expect

Your surgery typically takes an hour or two to complete. Immediately after surgery, you spend time in a recovery room. The team monitors your condition, including your pain levels. You may be able to head home the day of your procedure, or may need overnight hospitalization.

It’s important to get moving as soon as possible after surgery. You’re discharged with instructions for at-home exercises to restore the muscles around your knee.

Within a few days, many patients are up and walking with a supportive cane or walker. Installing grab bars and handrails before your surgery makes it easier for you to move around your home as you recover.

Instructions for your post-surgical care let you know what you should do for swelling, pain, and more. You may need to plan on:

Dr. Pearson recommends a pain management plan for you, commonly combining prescription medications with over-the-counter medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen.

Completing your knee surgery recovery

It takes most knee replacement patients about a year to fully complete recovery. However, as you progress, many activities become safe to resume a lot sooner.

Depending on your procedure and condition, you may be able to get back to activities as soon as six weeks after your surgery. Physical therapy support helps you get strong and ready to return to action.

Once you’ve recovered, your knee replacement can continue to give you improved knee function for 10-15 years or more. 

To learn more about knee replacement, including finding out if you could be a good candidate, get in touch with Dr. Pearson and the Orthopedic Specialists of Louisiana team today. Schedule an appointment by calling now, or request an appointment online.

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