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When can I drive?

As early as 2 weeks, depending on recovery.

When can I go back to work?

Gradual return, 3-6 weeks for sitting/desk job.

When can I shower?

Waterproof dressing is applied allowing for next-day shower.

What is done at surgery?

Application of new weight bearing surface and removal of all arthritis, bone spurs, baker’s cyst, torn meniscus.

How do you know what size knee replacement to use?

Intraoperative instruments measure the knee, allowing precise fit to the millimeter.

What kind of anesthesia do you use?

General with local knee blocks.

What are the risks of knee replacement?

Heart attack, stroke, death, infection, blood clots, chronic pain, other.

Pain medication after surgery?

Medication will be called to your pharmacy to be taken as needed for pain. Take a stool softener to limit constipation while taking pain meds during recovery.

How long can my knee replacement last?

Laboratory data has calculated some knee replacements to perform well at 30 years of wear performance.

Do I stay over night at the hospital?

Same day surgery or hospital overnight stay (one or two nights) options are available.

What happens when I get home?

Stay at home for 2 weeks where you’ll be visited by home health team of nurses and physical therapists for health checks and rehabilitation.

When does therapy begin?

Therapy begins same day as surgery, followed by home physical therapy for two weeks, then transition to outpatient physical therapy (you going to a physical therapy location)  and continues for 2 months.

What kind of motion can I expect after surgery?

Your final range of motion will be determined by the amount of your effective effort and therapy. Want great motion in your new knee? Go get it!

How do we limit risk of blood clots?

Motion is the key!  Moving ankle up and down while resting starting day of surgery will help circulation.  Aspirin or Xarelto for 3 weeks depending on your risk profile.  Compression socks worn for two weeks.

What will my scar look like?

Your wound will be closed with plastic surgery techniques.  No staple gun!  We use absorbable sutures, sealed with glue to create a water tight seal to minimize infection.

How to minimize scarring?

Lotions, scar creams, Vit E can be applied to wound 6 weeks after surgery.

When can I get into a pool/lake?

6 weeks if the wound heals uneventfully.

What can I do to prepare for surgery?

Keep moving!  We want you in the best shape possible.  Low impact exercise including elliptical, exercise bike, walking or swimming in a pool will help.  Also, keeping your weight close to your ideal body weight will help in your recovery.

Full recovery?

You may experience warmth, tightness, numbness, tendonitis for up to 1-2 years.

I can't sleep?

The knee replacement often disturbs sleep due to stiffness and soreness on and off for the first 3-6 months.  Limiting daytime naps, being active and over the counter sleep aids may assist in getting a good night’s sleep.

Will I set off the metal detector at the airport?

It’s possible your new knee may be detected.  Tell the TSA agent you have a knee replacement and they may use a wand to confirm.

Do I need antibiotics at the dentist after knee replacement?

Current guidelines show no increased risk of infection, so no antibiotics are recommended.

What kind of material is the knee replacement made of?

  • Tibia: Titanium Ti-6Al-4V Alloy (titanium alloy)
  • Femur: Zimaloy Co-Cr-Mo Alloy (cobalt chrome alloy)
  • Poly: Vivacit-E Highly Crosslinked polyethylene
  • Patella: Vivacit-E Highly Crosslinked polyethylene