A total knee replacement is a procedure that completely replaces a damaged or diseased knee joint with a new, artificial knee implant. With a new joint, you’ll be able to have free range of motion with your knee, without stiffness or pain.
Orthopedic surgeons at Dignity Health specialize in the latest procedures, including minimally invasive surgery, for total knee replacement in Arizona. If you would like to learn more about this procedure, or to request an appointment, Find a Doctor today at Dignity Health.
Why Total Knee Replacement is Performed
People with severe damage to their knee joint may be eligible for a total knee replacement if other therapies haven’t been successful at treating pain and disability.
Doctors at Dignity Health may recommend a total replacement to treat the following conditions:
Talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of knee surgery and how it may affect your life moving forward.
What to Expect at Dignity Health
A total knee replacement is major surgery requiring general anesthesia. A highly trained and experienced orthopedic surgeon will perform your surgery in a Dignity Health hospital or surgery center. Depending on your eligibility, the procedure may be either open or minimally invasive arthroscopy. The less invasive approach typically results in less pain, less scarring, a shorter hospital stay, and a quicker recovery time.
For complete orthopedic services, visit one of these Dignity Health hospitals in Arizona:
Chandler Region and Mercy Gilbert have earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for knee replacement to offer our patients care that’s compliant with the highest quality and safety standards.
Total Knee Replacement Recovery
If you have an open knee replacement, you may need to spend several days in the hospital following the procedure, as well as a rehabilitation center. People who have minimally invasive knee surgery are often able to return home the same day.
Once you’re home, you’ll need help with daily activities. You may need a knee brace or crutches to get around for several days or weeks, depending on your age and overall health. It may take anywhere from six months to a year for a full recovery. As with most orthopedic procedures, physical therapy will play a valuable role in helping you build strength in the muscles around your new knee.
Most knee implants function very well 15 years after surgery. You can prolong the lifespan of your implant by maintaining a healthy weight, refraining from any contact sports or high-impact activities, and exercising regularly to strengthen and stabilize your knee.
Dignity Health incorporates the latest surgical tools and technology — such as robotic surgery — to maintain excellence in total knee replacement in Arizona.