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The knee is a vulnerable joint that bears a great deal of stress every day. Many people experience knee problems as a result of:
If severe knee pain limits your everyday activities, consider a knee replacement surgery with an experienced surgeon at Dignity Health in Greater Sacramento.
Knee replacement surgery may be right for you if you suffer from any of the following:
Knee replacement surgery involves removing or resurfacing parts of your thigh bone, shin bone or kneecap, and replacing it with a prosthetic. This prosthetic is a metal and plastic covering used to replace cartilage that has worn away over the years.
All components of a knee replacement procedure are cemented into place. The cement sets in about 10 minutes, allowing you to use the joint immediately after surgery.
The risk of complications after knee replacement surgery is low, with the most common complication being blood clots. To prevent these, your surgeon may prescribe one or more methods, such as special support hose, inflatable leg coverings or blood thinners. You may also receive antibiotics to help prevent infection.
Before, during and after knee surgery, surgeons at Dignity Health's Sacramento hospitals take a multi-modal approach to managing your pain. Our goal is to keep you as pain-free as possible. Not only will you be more comfortable, but optimal pain control is also important to speed your recovery and ensure participation in necessary therapies.
After knee replacement surgery, complete recovery will take three to six months. Here's what else you can expect:
If you think orthopedic surgery may be the solution for your pain, call Dignity Health in Sacramento at 916.851.2511 to request a consultation today or request an appointment online.