You’ve been experiencing constant, unbearable knee pain. So you make an appointment to see your orthopaedic surgeon, and it turns out you will need knee replacement surgery.
When this option is presented, many patients become anxious and may not realize what that means for them. And depending on their comfort level, patients could ask a variety of questions on the spot, call in when they have questions, or not ask questions at all.
Based on our team’s experiences with knee replacement surgery and working with patients, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions on the subject to help patients better prepare for surgical care. This way, basic patient questions are answered, helping them better understand the process and what they’re about to experience when it’s time for surgery.
- Is Surgery the Only Solution? If pain is severe and preventing you from performing daily tasks, and your orthopaedic surgeon recommends it, surgery is most likely your best option. However, your orthopaedic surgeon could suggest a few other solutions before resorting to surgical treatment. Other options may include physical therapy, medication, or prolotherapy, depending on your needs.
- Should I be Concerned about Anesthesia? Those who have not experienced many surgeries are often concerned about the effects of anesthesia and the risks associated with it. Fortunately, complications are rare and your anesthesiologist will discuss any possible risks based on your medical history and your needs.
- How Long Does Knee Replacement Surgery Take? On average, the procedure at Advanced Surgical Hospital lasts anywhere from 1 to 1.5, depending on the surgeon and the patient.
- How Much Pain Will I Experience After Surgery? Pain will vary from patient to patient, as post-op pain can last several days to several months, with full healing up to 1 year. Your orthopaedic surgeon will provide you with pain management medication – as well as instructions on how to take it safely – and recommend ways to keep yourself comfortable and in as little pain as possible. If pain is not diminishing and medications, physical therapy, and other post-op remedies are not working, you should contact your orthopaedic surgeon as soon as possible.
- When Can I Resume Normal Activities? This depends on the patient and how well their body reacts to the replacement. Basic tasks like sitting, standing, and walking can often resume the day of surgery – or, at the latest, the next day. More intense physical activity should not be done until after your recommended recovery period. Minimal impact exercises can be completed around six weeks after the procedure, but it’s important to consult your orthopaedic surgeon and physical therapist before taking on exercise.
Knee replacement surgery is a major procedure and can be intimidating to many patients. If you are about to undergo knee replacement surgery and your questions were not listed, we can help. The team at Advanced Surgical Hospital can assist in answering your surgery questions and easing your concerns to ensure your procedure runs as smoothly as possible. For more information on Advanced Surgical Hospital, knee replacement surgery, and our other services, contact us today.