Knee replacement surgery, also called knee arthroplasty, replaces a worn or damaged knee with an artificial implant (prosthesis).
A knee replacement procedure is recommended for patients who have developed severe knee damage due to osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. This procedure may also be necessary for patients who have had fractures, torn cartilage or ligaments that have led to irreversible damage to the knee.
If knee replacement surgery is necessary, our expert orthopaedic surgeons will help you determine what procedure is right for you and help guide you through the process of recovery.
When medications and other treatments cannot keep knee pain at a manageable level, surgery to replace the knee joint may be appropriate.
Minimally invasive is a term used for any type of surgery that is less invasive than traditional or open surgery. Minimally invasive partial or total knee replacement surgeries are innovative procedures that can be as effective as traditional surgery.
Minimally invasive knee replacements use smaller and fewer incisions around the knee, and have been proven to reduce postoperative pain, minimize trauma to tissue, and quicken recovery time.
The most appropriate candidates for minimally invasive knee replacements have minimal or moderate deformity, maintain a healthy weight, have few pre-existing health conditions and are motivated to participate in the rehabilitation process.
To determine the most appropriate knee replacement surgery for you, our knee surgeons consider a wide range of factors, including severity of symptoms, overall health and response to previous treatment.
If you are experiencing the following, surgery may be advised.
For those who may have been diagnosed with advanced osteoarthritis, the condition of your knee joints will determine your surgical options. Surgery on the knee is common for severe osteoarthritis with a high success rate.
At Brigham and Women’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, we address each patient’s health before surgery. Clinical research has shown that better control of a patient’s medical and physical condition prior to surgery results in far better outcomes.
The speed and quality of your recovery may be improved with regular exercise and careful use of the knee. We provide all patients with educational materials and screening procedures to help ensure the best post-surgical outcomes.
All patients also have access to an online program where you will find the exercises that are part of our pre-surgery rehabilitation program. Our innovative “Prehab” program provide pre-surgical strengthening exercises that have been shown to accelerate recovery and contribute to better outcomes.
Your knee surgeon will help you determine if you are a candidate for same day discharge total knee replacement or partial knee replacement. In either case, our clinical staff provides an innovative approach to pain management, and prehabilitation guidelines that allow some patients to return home the day of their procedure, known as outpatient knee replacement surgery.
A typical knee replacement surgery takes two-to-three hours. After surgery, you will spend one-to-two days in the hospital participating in a pain management regimen. Advances in pain control allow physical therapy to begin a few hours after surgery. After a short hospital stay, most patients return home with a cane.
Every patient has access to a personalized, rapid recovery rehabilitation program that includes access to an online platform where you can participating in customized rehabilitation protocols as well as self-assessments.
It may take several months to recover full strength, mobility and range of motion, but most patients return to normal non-impact sports activities, such as walking and biking, within a few months.
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is a leading provider of partial and total knee replacement services. Our orthopaedic program has been consistently recognized by US News & World Report as one of the top-ranking programs in the country. Each year, our expert orthopedic surgeons help improve the quality of life of thousands of patients suffering from knee damage.
Each of our expert knee surgeons offers individualized treatment to each patient. You can trust our orthopaedic surgeons to provide expert, compassionate patient care.
To schedule an appointment with one of our expert knee replacement surgeons, please call 800-294-9999, or fill out an online appointment request form.
We are dedicated to working with our referring physicians. If you would like to refer a patient for a knee replacement procedure, please call 1-800-MD-TO-BWH (1-800-638-6294) or see our list of referral options.
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