If physical therapy and medications aren’t enough to control chronic knee pain, you may be a candidate for knee replacement surgery. At Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, with offices in Clive, Ankeny, and Indianola, Iowa, the skilled orthopedic specialists customize a surgical plan to replace your knee joint with an artificial device that restores your joint function. Find out if you’re a candidate for a knee replacement by calling the Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC office nearest you or by requesting an evaluation online today.
A knee replacement is a surgical procedure to replace part or all of a damaged knee joint.
Your provider at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC may recommend a knee replacement if you have chronic knee pain or mobility issues because of trauma to your knee that damages your joint or soft tissues, a deformity, or underlying damage from arthritis.
Common types of arthritis that can damage your knee joint include:
Osteoarthritis is a progressive condition that causes the protective cartilage around the ends of your joint bones to break down and wear away.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that causes chronic inflammation in the membrane around your joint. This causes persistent pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion in your knee, and the disease can worsen over time.
Your provider at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC carefully reviews your medical history and examines your knee joint to determine if surgery is right for you.
Before recommending a knee replacement, they may try other treatments, including physical therapy and medications. If these conditions aren’t helpful, you may be a candidate for a knee replacement.
During a knee replacement, your Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC physician typically uses arthroscopic techniques that require only small incisions to access your knee joint.
Using a special scope and surgical tools, your surgeon removes part or all of the damaged joint in your knee. They insert an artificial device that looks and functions just like your natural joint.
Following knee replacement, you can expect to spend time in the hospital under observation as you recover. The Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC team works closely with you to manage your pain as you heal.
After your discharge, you need to keep your wound clean and limit your activities to prevent trauma to your joint. Soon after, your provider may recommend physical therapy and at-home exercises to restore function in your knee joint.
Your physician continues to monitor your recovery through follow-up visits to ensure you regain range of motion in your knee joint.
If you’re limited by chronic knee pain due to injury or arthritis, schedule a consultation for a knee replacement by calling the Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online today.