Houston Knee Replacement Surgery
Houston Knee Replacement Specialist
Without functional knees, it is impossible to walk or run. They’re one of the most crucial and complex joints in the body. However, they are also easily damaged. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons reports that every year, almost 800,000 knee replacement surgeries are performed in the United States alone. Trauma, arthritis, and other conditions can make it hard to perform even simple tasks, robbing you of your quality of life and independence.
If you are experiencing knee pain and limited mobility, contact us here at Orthopaedic Associates to schedule a consult at one of our 5 area in Houston Orthopaedic Surgery Offices to discuss your symptoms and learn more about treatment options. We are also currently part of a Houston Texas knee pain trial, ask to see if you may be a candidate.
What Causes Knee Pain?
Knee pain can be caused by degenerative diseases, by trauma, or by autoimmune conditions. Perhaps the most common cause of knee pain is osteoarthritis, which is a type of “wear and tear” condition in which the cartilage in the knee slowly wears away through use and over time.
Trauma, such as sports injuries, auto accidents, slip and fall accidents, and more, can also lead to knee pain, cartilage damage, and the development of arthritis. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disease) will experience swelling of the synovial membrane, which can lead to cartilage wear and joint damage over time.
A Closer Look at the Knee Joint
The knee is the single largest joint in the body. It is also one of the most complex, including the junction of the femur and tibia, the patella (kneecap), the meniscus, anterior cruciate ligament, lateral collateral ligament, and a large amount of cartilage.
When Is Knee Replacement Needed?
The knee plays a critical role in your quality of life and mobility. The decision to pursue knee replacement surgery is one you’ll make in conjunction with an orthopedic surgeon, who will assess your condition and advise on the best path forward. In general, though, ideal candidates for knee replacement surgery share several characteristics and symptoms:
- Severe knee pain that limits your ability to engage in everyday activities, such as walking or climbing stairs.
- Severe knee stiffness that affects your ability to live your life.
- Moderate to severe knee pain when sitting or lying down.
- Chronic inflammation and swelling around the knee that does not improve, even with rest and medication.
- Bowing in or out of the knee.
- A lack of visible improvement even with non-surgical treatment options, such as steroid injections, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medications.
How Is Knee Joint Damage Diagnosed?
The first step toward improving your condition and regaining your independence and quality of life is to have a full assessment with an orthopedist. An orthopedic surgeon will assess your condition, examine your knee visually and through the use of X-rays and other imaging technologies, and then discuss both your symptoms and your medical history. Based on this assessment, the surgeon will help you determine whether knee replacement surgery is right.
Possible Complications of Knee Replacement Surgery
Like all other surgical procedures, knee replacement surgery does carry the risk of some potential complications. These include the following:
- Blood clots
- Infection of the bone
- Infection of the incision
- Hardware failure
- Nerve injury
- Continued pain
Home Planning for Healing
After knee replacement surgery, you will need help within the home for several days as you recover. You will also need to prepare for physical therapy to regain your strength and range of motion. It may also be a good idea to make mobility-focused modifications around the home, including installing safety bars in the bathroom and handrails on stairs. These will make recovery easier.
Regaining Your Mobility and Quality of Life
If you’re struggling with knee pain, there is hope. Knee replacement surgery may be an option. Contact us to discuss your symptoms and schedule an appointment.