Total Knee Replacement
The surest way to do away with the growing pain of osteoarthritis (and sometimes the right choice for dealing with a knee injury) is a total knee replacement. If you're understandably concerned about making this decision, you may be surprised to learn how much the field of joint replacement has advanced in recent years.
Replacement joints have improved dramatically in recent times. Whereas they once could be expected to last about ten years, today's artificial joints like the Oxidized Zirconium Ceramic Surface can last twice as long. And new procedures such as Knee Resurfacing preserve the cruciate ligaments and conserve almost half the bone.
Surgical techniques have also improved due to the pioneering efforts of orthopedic surgeons like Dr. Ferro. Not only does Dr. Ferro perform hundreds of joint replacement procedures each year, he also is one of the first surgeons to use Computer Assisted Technology, giving his patients the most precise fit possible. With new, smooth-functioning knees fitting exactly where they belong, Dr. Ferro's patients tend to recover quickly and enjoy more pain-free activities than they thought possible.
About the Surgery
If, after a thorough assessment involving motion tests and joint evaluation, you and Dr. Ferro decide a total knee replacement is right for you, he and his staff will ensure you are thoroughly prepared for your surgery. They'll advise you to get a walking aid to use temporarily and other home health aids you may need such as a bath bench. You'll also get familiar with exercises to help you regain mobility. You'll find a friend or relative to help you at home for the first several days after your procedure or consult Dr. Ferro's staff about other care options.
The surgery itself will be performed in the hospital, under spinal, epidural, or general anesthesia. It will take one to two hours and you'll spend an additional hour or two in recovery. Most patients stay in the hospital for about three days. You can expect to experience some pain following surgery, which will be controlled with special medication for several days. After no more than two to three weeks, you should be able to take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for any residual discomfort.
Physical rehabilitation will begin the day after surgery and will continue for a few weeks. You can most likely resume driving, light activities and sedentary work in four to six weeks. Most people can go back to sports and more rigorous activities in three or four months.
To learn more, go to our Frequently Asked Questions or call us for an appointment at in Arroyo Grande