Total Knee Replacement is the care for the knee arthritis or post-traumatic conditions that have not responded to any other conservative care. The procedure is through an approach in the front of the knee. A trained spinal or general anesthesiologist will perform the necessary anesthesia.
During the procedure, we will only remove the damaged bone and cartilage, roughly 9 mm of bone. The surfaces are covered with highly polished metal implants with super cross-linked plastics. The knee cap is retained – but is resurfaced to prevent pain.
The surgery takes 2 hours and then to the recovery room for another 2 hours. The hospital stay is one day during which the patient learns physical therapy and pain management, or advanced patients return to home from the North Atlantic Surgical Suites. The patient is discharged to home or infrequently to the rehab and revisit in the office four weeks after the surgery with my Nurse Practitioner, Brian Johnson.