Total Knee Replacement
Living with knee pain can keep you from doing the things you enjoy. If you’ve tried every option for dealing with knee problems, surgery might be your next step. At Olympus Orthopedic Medical Group, you can meet with Oke Anakwenze, MD. As one of San Diego’s top orthopedic surgeons, he makes you feel at ease that you’re in expert hands for your knee surgery. Dr. Anakwenze uses state-of-the-art procedures for knee replacements, so you get back on your feet as quickly as possible. Make an appointment online, or call the office, to get treatment for your knee.
Knee Replacement Q & A
Why do I need a knee replacement surgery?
Dr. Anakwenze recommend having a knee replacement surgery only if other treatments aren’t working for you, or if your knee is continuing to get worse. You might need a knee replacement surgery if you have:
- Advanced osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
- Bowed legs
- Torn ligaments
- Loss of blood flow to your knee
- Broken bones
Are there different types of knee replacement surgeries?
Yes. Knee replacement surgeries are one of the most common types of orthopedic surgeries performed, and there are several kinds.
If you need a total knee replacement, Dr. Anakwenze needs to remove any damaged cartilage and bone from your knee. He resurfaces the parts of your thigh and calf bones that connect to your knee, then attaches metal implants to the ends of them. These implants attach to your artificial knee joint, giving you an entirely new knee.
A partial knee replacement is similar, but it means that Dr. Anakwenze only needs to replace part of your bone or cartilage, depending on your injury.
It’s also possible that you might need a kneecap replacement. This procedure replaces the underside of your kneecap, leaving you with more mobility in your knee.
You might even be eligible for a knee replacement if you’ve already had one in the past. These knee replacement surgeries, or revisions, are called complex knee replacements. Complex procedures are sometimes needed if you have severe arthritis, too.
Is the recovery long?
Not at all, but don’t expect to be out running or lifting weights for a while. It’s common to need a hospital stay of about one to three days after your knee replacement. Usually though, Dr. Anakwenze likes to have patients start getting out of bed and using a walker the day after surgery.
You start physical therapy almost immediately and should be able to return to most of your normal activities within about three months. Depending on the severity of your procedure, you should be back to 100% — or better — within six months to a year after surgery.
How long do knee replacements last?
The modern artificial implants are long lasting, but that doesn’t mean they last forever. Most knee implants last around 20 years or more. So if you’re younger and going through a knee replacement, it’s possible that you’ll need to have the procedure repeated again later on in life.