Knee Joint Replacement – Carrollton, TX

by Craig W. Goodhart, MD 24. April 2017 10:33

With aging or due to certain medical conditions like Osteoarthritis, the cartilages in the knee joint degrade and cause the bones to rub against each other. This friction leads to excruciating pain and limits the functionality of the joint. Knee joint replacement or knee arthroplasty is a surgical procedure of replacing the damaged structures with artificial metal implants.

Types Of Knee Replacement

  • Partial Knee Replacement - In this procedure, the surgeon may remove only the damaged portion of the knee. The process requires less time and only a small incision has to be made at the affected area. The recovery period for partial knee replacement is less and patient may be able to walk again with a fully functional joint really soon.
  • Total Knee Replacement – The procedure involves complete removal of the damaged cartilage. The orthopedic surgeon may encase the ends of the damaged bones in metal or plastic coverings. In some cases even the undersurface of the kneecap is replaced by a plastic surface. After the procedure the doctors may suggest certain rehabilitation exercises that will help to regain the lost functionality of knee joint.

Who is a candidate for Knee Replacement?

A surgery may be recommended to the patients who -

  • Have constant knee pain
  • Suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Have deformed legs
  • Suffered from a severe knee injury
  • Benefits Of Knee Replacement Surgery –
  • Pain alleviation
  • Enhanced mobility
  • Improved quality of life

Recovery Period After Knee Replacement Surgery –

It may take around 3 months to become weight bearing and in 6 months the patients can regain full mobility of the joint. During the recovery period, the patients must remain careful and take certain precautions. The legs must not be pivoted or twisted and while lying on bed they must be kept as straight as possible. Even if the patient experience reduction in pain, he/she must not start a strenuous exercise like squatting, running or any other form that requires excessive kneeling.

For information about the Knee replacement procedure, visit Dr. Goodhart. He is a board certified orthopedic surgeon with an extensive experience in performing joint replacement surgeries. His other expertise include, providing treatment for various sports related injuries. To request an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in Carrollton, TX, call at (972) 899 – 4679. To know more, visit, 4780 North Josey Lane, Carrollton, Texas 75010.

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