Knee replacement surgery should be considered if all other treatment attempts have failed and if the disease is so severe that it is impairing your activities of daily living and physical activities and reducing your overall quality of life. Knee replacement surgery entails replacement of the damaged joint surface; thus, the procedure is also referred to as surface replacement. The damaged joint surfaces at the ends of the femur and tibia are removed and replaced with femoral and tibial metal implant components. A polyethylene cushion is placed between the two implant components. The damaged surface on the rear of the kneecap (patella) may also be replaced, if necessary. At OZM, we use the latest generation of knee replacements and decide which type of implant to use in your specific case.
After surgery, you can expect to stay in the hospital for approximately 10 to 14 days, with an overall rehabilitation period of about 3 months.