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Total Knee Replacement: Insights from an Expert Orthopedic Surgeon

  • Jun 25 2024

Chronic knee pain can severely impact your daily life, making even simple activities challenging and painful. If you’re struggling with knee pain, Total Knee Replacement (TKR) could be the solution you’ve been looking for. Dr. Jonathan R. Mallen, a renowned board-certified orthopedic surgeon at South Island Orthopedics, shares his expert insights on total knee replacement. Learn about the benefits, the procedure, and what to expect during recovery to see how TKR can transform your life and restore your mobility.

About the Author –  Jonathan R. Mallen, MD, is a Board-Certified orthopedic surgeon, Fellowship-Trained in adult reconstructive and biologic surgery from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He serves as an attending physician at several prominent New York hospitals, including Northwell Plainview Hospital, Northwell Plainview Hospital Hospital, and St. Joseph’s Hospital. A Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Mallen is committed to delivering high-quality orthopedic care and advancing surgical techniques within his field. To learn more about improving your orthopedic health, request an appointment with Dr. Mallen today!

Patient Testimonial

“Before my total knee replacement with Dr. Mallen, I could barely walk without pain. Now, I can enjoy hiking and playing with my grandkids again. The difference is incredible.” – Tom S., Patient at South Island Orthopedics 

Happy grandfather playing in the park with his grandson. Grandson is on his bike and grandfather is running behind him. This grandfather has had a total knee replacement surgery.

Understanding Total Knee Replacement

Total knee replacement, also known as knee arthroplasty, involves replacing the damaged or diseased surfaces of the knee joint with artificial components. These components are typically made of metal and plastic and are designed to replicate the knee’s natural movement, alleviating pain and restoring function.

Who Needs Total Knee Replacement?

Total knee replacement is often recommended for individuals who suffer from severe knee pain and disability due to conditions such as:

  1. Osteoarthritis: The most common reason for TKR, osteoarthritis leads to the gradual wear and tear of knee cartilage.
  2. Rheumatoid Arthritis: This autoimmune condition causes inflammation in the knee joint, leading to pain and damage.
  3. Post-Traumatic Arthritis: Injuries to the knee can lead to arthritis over time, necessitating a replacement.
  4. Failed Previous Surgeries: Patients who have had unsuccessful knee surgeries may also benefit from TKR.

Symptoms Indicating the Need for TKR

Signs and symptoms that you might need a total knee replacement is include:

  • Chronic knee pain that persists despite conservative treatments.
  • Severe pain during activity or even at rest.
  • Reduced mobility and difficulty walking or climbing stairs.
  • Stiffness and swelling in the knee.
  • Deformity of the knee joint.

Group of senior men exercising in the park together, doing lunges. These men have had total knee replacement surgeries.

The Total Knee Replacement Procedure

Total knee replacement surgery involves several key steps to ensure the best possible outcome:

  1. Preoperative Preparation: Includes patient education, medical evaluation, imaging tests (like X-rays and MRIs), and planning the surgery.
  2. Anesthesia: The surgery is performed under general or spinal anesthesia.
  3. Incision: A surgical incision is made over the knee to access the joint.
  4. Removing Damaged Tissue: The damaged bone and cartilage are removed from the femur, tibia, and patella.
  5. Implant Placement: The artificial components are positioned to replace the damaged areas.
  6. Closure: The incision is closed, and the knee is bandaged.

Recovery and Rehabilitation

Recovery from total knee replacement surgery involves a structured rehabilitation program designed to restore strength and mobility. Dr. Mallen outlines the typical stages of recovery:

  1. Hospital Stay: Most patients stay in the hospital overnight, although some patients may be able to go home the same day.
  2. Physical Therapy: Begins immediately to enhance mobility and strength. This is crucial for a successful recovery.
  3. Home Exercise Program: Patients are provided with exercises to continue at home.
  4. Follow-Up Visits: Regular check-ups to monitor progress and address any concerns.

Benefits of Total Knee Replacement

The benefits of total knee replacement are substantial, including:

  • Pain Relief: Significant reduction or elimination of knee pain.
  • Improved Mobility: Enhanced ability to perform daily activities.
  • Better Quality of Life: Increased ability to participate in activities you enjoy.
  • Long-Lasting Results: Modern implants can last 15-20 years or more.

An active senior couple riding bicycles on path at summer park. Side view. Couple has had total knee replacement surgeries.

Preventing Future Knee Problems

To ensure the longevity of your knee replacement and prevent future issues, Dr. Mallen recommends:

  • Maintaining a Healthy Weight: Reduces stress on the knee joint.
  • Regular Exercise: Low-impact activities to keep the muscles around the knee strong.
  • Avoiding High-Impact Activities: Protects the artificial joint from excessive wear.
  • Regular Check-Ups: Monitoring the condition of the knee replacement.

Total knee replacement can be a transformative procedure for those suffering from severe knee pain and disability. With the expert care of Dr. Jonathan R. Mallen and the team at South Island Orthopedics, patients can expect personalized treatment plans and comprehensive support throughout the recovery process. Don’t let knee pain hold you back – discover the benefits of total knee replacement by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Mallen today!

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