If you have chronic knee pain that interferes with your quality of life, you may be a candidate for knee replacement surgery. The specialists at Symphony Medical offer innovative techniques for knee replacement surgery and support you at every stage of the process. If you’re ready to learn more about how you can restore knee function and reduce pain, call the office in Dobbs Ferry, New York, to set up an appointment, or use the online tool to schedule.
The most common reason for needing a knee replacement is osteoarthritis. In this condition, wear-and-tear, aging, or prior injury had caused the connective tissue known as cartilage to wear away.
Cartilage cushions your joint so you don’t feel pain when walking, running, and jumping. When the cartilage is gone, your bones rub together, causing pain, stiffness, swelling, and bone spurs.
Patients who have rheumatoid arthritis in the knee may progress to the point of needing a knee replacement. The disease attacks and destroys the membrane around the knee joint that provides lubrication and elasticity. The resulting pain and stiffness make normal movement difficult.
At Symphony Medical, the providers work with you to first manage your knee pain with conservative treatments. These include physical therapy, pain medications, and bracing. However, when these therapies don’t work, surgery to replace the knee may be required.
During knee replacement surgery, the damaged cartilage at the ends of your thigh and shin bone is removed and the bones smoothed. The surgeon places metal or plastic components over the ends of the bones and seals them into place using a biocompatible compound.
The underside of your kneecap is smoothed out. Your surgeon places a spacer between the parts so they glide easily, without friction and pain.
Knee replacement surgery is not usually an outpatient procedure, so expect to spend a night or two recovering at the hospital. You're likely to have some discomfort after surgery, but pain medications help you manage for the short-term. The pain subsides as you heal and regain more function.
You’ll be asked to get up and walk not long after surgery to promote blood flow and healing.
Once you’re sent home to recover, you work with a physical therapist to restore function. The Symphony Medical team provides comprehensive instructions for caring for your knee so you heal optimally.
If you’re in need of a knee replacement, call Symphony Medical today, or use the online tool to get started.