Our knees are extremely important to our daily lives, as they allow us to walk and support us as we get from place to place. The key to these joints is cartilage, whose job is to prevent friction between these bones as you roll your shoulder. Unfortunately, as we age, arthritis and other common conditions can strike, causing that cartilage to deteriorate and resulting in severe pain and loss of function. If other, less invasive options are exhausted, you may ultimately need a total knee replacement for the long-term relief you need.
Dr. Joseph Norris is highly experienced in providing total knee replacements (or TKR surgery) to patients who need effective, long-term treatment for knee pain. Using state-of-the-art, minimally-invasive techniques, Dr. Norris is able to create a smaller incision during your surgery, minimizing trauma to the muscles around your knee and resulting in a faster, less painful recovery period.
If you’ve been living with debilitating pain in your knees, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible, as wear and tear will only increase the damage with time. Don’t delay -- if you’re ready to get back on your feet and live without knee pain, schedule your first appointment with Dr. Joseph Norris today.
One of the most common reasons Dr. Norris recommends total knee replacement surgery to patients is arthritis, a general term for various conditions that involve the cartilage in your joint becoming worn out. In the arthritic knee, the cartilage on the surface of your knee joint has become thin or worn completely away, causing the bones in the joints to rub against each other. This causes pain, inflammation, and a loss of movement that can quickly become debilitating as the damage becomes worse over time.
The advantages of a total knee replacement will revolve around relieving the symptoms of your condition, including:
Dr. Norris is committed to using minimally invasive techniques during all of his orthopedic surgeries, including total knee replacements. Instead of fully opening your leg at the knee, Dr. Norris uses an arthroscope -- or small camera -- to see into your joint during the procedure. This allows him to make a smaller incision, significantly reducing your post-operative pain and expediting your recovery time.
Because a total knee replacement can be a more invasive solution that requires a longer period of recovery, you may have attempted other types of knee replacement -- such as a partial knee replacement -- in the past. While many patients can find relief with these less invasive procedures, if you’re still in pain, it’s time to revise your previous procedures.
This type of operation can refer to minor adjustments to larger procedures that involve replacing an exceptional amount of bone. Typically, however, revision knee replacement happens for the following reasons:
If your knee replacement feels stiff, this may also be improved by a revision. If you feel that your existing knee replacement needs adjustment, don’t spend another minute living in discomfort. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Norris to discuss your options.
Some of the other common reasons patients receive total knee replacement surgery include:
If you’ve received a unicondylar (or partial) knee replacement and your pain persists, it may be time to revisit and revise the prosthesis. Unicondylar replacements can easily be revised into total replacements if this better suits your needs.
Each body is different, therefore each patient’s recovery will be different. However, the minimally-invasive techniques employed by Dr. Norris result in a shorter recovery period -- as well as less pain and cost -- than methods traditionally used in the past. Dr. Norris will discuss your recovery timeline with you as part of your treatment plan.
Yes! Physical therapy is an extremely important element of any surgical treatment, and it will be essential to helping you learn to be fully mobile with your knee replacement. It’s vital to follow all of the post-operative guidelines outlined for you by Dr. Norris in order to make the most complete, effective recovery possible.