Orthopedic Associates PA
Orthopedic Surgeons located in Farmington, NM
Knee replacement surgery is one of the most successful procedures in modern medicine. Orthopedic surgeon Tyson Christensen, MD, and the team at Orthopedic Associates PA in Farmington, New Mexico, treat advanced arthritis and severe injuries with knee replacement surgery. They often perform knee replacement surgery as a same-day outpatient procedure at the local ambulatory surgery center. If you’re considering having a knee replacement procedure, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Knee Replacement Surgery Q&A
What is knee replacement surgery?
Also known as knee arthroplasty, knee replacement surgery helps to relieve pain and restore normal movement to a severely damaged knee joint. During the procedure, your surgeon at Orthopedic Associates PA removes damaged or diseased tissue from your knee and replaces it with artificial parts.
Why would I need knee replacement surgery?
The team at Orthopedic Associates PA takes a conservative approach to treatment and only recommends surgery as a final option. You may be a candidate for knee replacement surgery if you have knee pain that persists despite nonsurgical treatments like physical therapy and joint injections.
Arthritis, particularly osteoarthritis of the knee, is the most common reason people get knee replacement surgery. Other conditions that may require knee replacement surgery include rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, and severe knee fractures.
What does knee replacement surgery entail?
First, the team at Orthopedic Associates PA reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam to make sure knee replacement surgery is right for you. They may take on-site tests, such as an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, to further evaluate your knee.
Before you decide to get surgery, your orthopedic surgeon spends time explaining the risks and benefits of the procedure so you can make an informed decision. Most people who get knee replacement surgery experience a significant reduction in knee pain and an improvement in their ability to perform daily activities.
Depending on your specific needs, the team at Orthopedic Associates PA may perform knee replacement surgery in the hospital or at the local ambulatory surgery center.
What is the recovery like after knee replacement surgery?
After surgery, your Orthopedic Associates PA provider recommends a rehabilitation plan to improve your chances of a successful recovery. This may include wound care, eating a balanced diet, and physical therapy.
You should be able to resume most normal activities about 3-6 weeks after surgery. Your orthopedic surgeon helps you determine when it’s safe to go back to high-impact activities like running or jumping.
For expert care in knee replacement surgery, call Orthopedic Associates PA, or book an appointment online today.
Our Orthopedic and Podiatric care encompass a wide range of specialties. Covering everything from sports medicine, total joint replacement and revision, osteoporosis, arthroscopic reconstruction of the knee and shoulder, pediatric orthopedics, foot and ankle reconstruction, and care for all foot and toe related pain or issues.