Knee Replacement

Texas Hill Country Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgeons & Hand and Upper Extremity located in Fredericksburg, TX & Boerne, TX

If you have knee pain because of late-stage arthritis, knee replacement can change your life. Preeminent orthopedic specialists offer knee replacement at the Texas Hill Country Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine locations in Fredericksburg and Boerne, Texas. Learn more about how knee replacement can help you reclaim an active life by calling the nearest office or clicking on the scheduling tool now.

Knee Replacement Q & A

What is knee replacement?

Knee replacement, or knee arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure to resurface and restore the bones in your knee joint. 

You might need a knee replacement if arthritis causes severe damage to your knee joint. With the most common kind of knee arthritis, osteoarthritis, the cartilage that protects the ends of your bones breaks down. This causes the bones to grind together, leading to serious pain. 

In early-stage knee arthritis, you typically use nonsurgical treatments to ease the pain. As arthritis worsens, however, those treatments may not work anymore. That's when the doctor may recommend knee replacement surgery. 

How does total knee replacement work?

With a total knee replacement, you receive anesthesia to ensure your comfort during the procedure. The doctor then uses knee area incisions to access the joint. He removes the damaged and worn-out cartilage and then places metal implants in its place. 

The doctor also places a new polyethylene implant between the metal surfaces so your joints can glide smoothly rather than grind. He closes the incision, and you move into a separate area for recovery. 

What is recovery like after total knee replacement?

The doctor focuses on fast and effective recovery because he understands that you want to get back to your normal activities. Most people walk on the day of surgery. 

The doctor prescribes multimodal pain management for postsurgical pain. This includes a variety of techniques that work well together, including anesthetic block injections, oral medication, icing your knee, and knee compression. 

Thanks to this combination approach, most patients require far fewer narcotic drugs and less time in the hospital than they would with medication alone. 

For the first 1-3 weeks, you'll need a loved one to help out with basic activities like meal prep and climbing in and out of the bath. Physical therapy starts after your surgery, and it's a vital part of your recovery. 

How do I prepare for a knee replacement?

Texas Hill Country Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine gives you all of the information you need to get ready for your surgery. This includes:

  • Learning more about the surgery
  • Having any necessary dental work to lower infection risk
  • Scheduling a preoperative physical exam (pre-op clearance)
  • Quitting smoking
  • Making medication adjustments as recommended

 

By taking these steps now, you can lay the groundwork for the smoothest knee replacement recovery possible. 

Book your appointment online or call the Texas Hill Country Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine location nearest you to learn more now.