Knee surgery repairs a problem with one of your knee structures. The main parts of the knee joint include ligaments, bones, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments.
Dignity Health offers a number of trusted options for knee surgery in the Sacramento region. Common types of knee surgery we offer include:
- Knee revision to replace a previously implanted artificial knee
- Knee replacement, including partial knee replacement and total knee replacement with an artificial knee
- Arthroscopy, which is minimally invasive surgery for a variety of knee problems and injuries
The expert orthopedic surgeons at Dignity Health can teach you about your advanced options for knee surgery, including surgeries like Mako Partial Knee Resurfacing, Mako Total Knee Replacement, and kinematic alignment joint replacement. Find a Doctor today and ask us about our award-winning knee surgeries. You can also view our MAKOplasty webinar to learn more.
Reasons for Knee Surgery
Knee surgery may be necessary for a variety of reasons, including arthritis, sport injuries, knee pain, and disability. Our orthopedic surgeons can repair torn tendons, ligaments, and cartilage, remove loose bone, and reconstruct your knee after major trauma.
Surgery may be the right decision for you if:
- The knee is weak, unstable, and gives way when you use it.
- X-rays show severe joint damage or loss of cartilage and bone.
- The knee is deformed.
- Other treatments, including anti-inflammatory medicines, physical therapy, and joint injections, haven’t worked.
- Knee pain and stiffness interfere with your daily activities.
- Knee pain is present even at rest.
Your Knee Surgery with Dignity Health
Your skilled orthopedic surgeon will perform your knee surgery in a state-of-the-art Dignity Health hospital. The details of your knee surgery, such as the size of the incision and how long it will take, depend on the specific procedure.
Arthroscopic surgery generally takes the least amount of time and uses small incisions. Other types of knee surgery may take longer and involve larger incisions. The type of anesthesia you receive will also vary. In many cases, you will have general anesthesia to put you to sleep for the surgery.
What to Expect from Your Knee Surgery Recovery
Minor knee surgeries, such as arthroscopy, are usually outpatient procedures. If you are having major knee surgeries, you may need to spend several days in the hospital. Some people also need to stay in a rehabilitation center before they can return home safely. Talk with your Dignity Health doctor before surgery to understand what you can expect.
Physical therapy is often part of knee surgery recovery. Knee replacements typically involve several weeks of rehabilitation. Physical therapy will help you regain strength, flexibility, and function in your knee. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist about when it is safe to resume activities.
Dignity Health provides comprehensive knee surgery care with humankindness in Sacramento, CA and the surrounding areas. If you're ready to seek treatment for your knee pain, call our physician referral line at (916) 851-2511 or complete this form to receive recommendations for an orthopedic specialist.