Wednesday, August 15, 2018

How do you know when you need a total knee replacement

Total knee replacement—also called total knee arthroplasty—is a surgery used to treat advanced knee arthritis, pain, and deterioration due to normal wear and tear or a previous injury. Orthopedic specialists perform this surgery at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

A doctor examines a patient's knee

Orthopedic medicine is a specialty that focuses on injuries and diseases of your body's musculoskeletal system. This complex system, which includes your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves, allows you to move, work, and be active. Many people need to see an orthopedic doctor because of joint pain or immobility—particularly in joints such as the hip, knee and ankle. Our orthopedic department offers total joint replacement to help people relieve pain, correct issues, and resume their normally active life.

How do you know if you need a total knee replacement?

Those with arthritis in the knee joint or constant pain in their knee from previous injuries or normal aging are typically good candidates for total knee replacement. If conservative measures such as:
  • anti-inflammatory medication,
  • braces,
  • physical therapy, and
  • modification to physical activity
do not provide relief, your doctor may recommend consulting with an orthopedic specialist to discuss knee joint replacement.
Total knee replacement is surgery that requires a short hospital stay and a period of non-weight bearing to allow the implanted joint to heal properly. After healing, physical therapy is often recommended to promote a return to your normal range of motion.
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Total knee replacement at Logansport Memorial Hospital

At Logansport Memorial Hospital, your health is our passion. Our multi-disciplinary team of surgeons, therapists, and specialty providers will put you first and make your best care their top priority. Board-certified orthopedic surgeons lead our joint replacement team here at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

The decision to undergo knee replacement surgery is a choice about your quality of life. Patients typically choose to have this surgical procedure when they find themselves avoiding activities they used to enjoy because of knee pain. Enjoying these activities again is possible following a knee replacement. When you're ready, Logansport Memorial is also ready to help you treat your knee pain.

Call 574.722.2663 to make an appointment with one of our orthopedic surgeons to discuss your total joint replacement or other knee problems. 

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