Knee replacement surgery rehab is vital to your recovery. Knee replacement surgery often significantly reduces painful and uncomfortable symptoms, while also improving the range of motion of the knee. Putting off knee surgery can make symptoms worse and keep you from enjoying an active lifestyle.
But what should you expect during post-surgery recovery?
OrthoAspen offers the finest and most comprehensive orthopedic care close to home. Our elite medical team’s expertise in treating injuries and conditions that come with our active mountain lifestyle is enhanced by OrthoAspen’s affiliation with New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), ranked #1 for orthopedics for the past 10 years by U.S. News & World Report. With a shared conservative care philosophy, OrthoAspen doctors now benefit from HSS’s undisputed research leadership and patient-centered treatment and recovery protocols so you can regain the healthy use of your knee. Our use of innovative technology and advanced approach to rehabilitation helps encourage a safe and effective recovery. This includes the use of MAKO Robotic-Arm assisted technology for partial and full knee replacement surgeries.
Learn more below about the nature of knee replacement surgery and rehabilitation from the experts at OrthoAspen.
Top Indications That It’s Time for Knee Replacement Surgery
What type of injuries might necessitate a knee replacement procedure? There are a number of conditions and injuries that affect knee patients of all ages and levels of activity. Take a look at some of the most common conditions, injuries and symptoms that indicate it may be time to consider knee replacement surgery:
Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes the cartilage of the knee joint to slowly degrade. Generally, this is a result of wear-and-tear and the aging process. In some cases, it can lead to severe pain and restricted mobility.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
Similar to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis causes degeneration of the cartilage and tissues of the knee joint. The result often leads to chronic pain and inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis, however, is an autoimmune condition that is caused by genetic factors.
- Traumatic Injury
A traumatic injury (such as sports injuries and injuries caused by car accidents) may result in severe orthopedic damage. A knee joint replacement is often the best option to restore proper function. Knee replacement may also be required following less severe injuries if post-traumatic arthritis develops.
- Knee Pain and Mobility Issues
When knee pain, stiffness and loss of mobility are keeping you from performing daily tasks, surgery may be recommended. Problems with walking, climbing stairs or getting up and out of a chair are often signs that knee replacement surgery is warranted.
- Knee Deformity
Bowing of the knee, either inward or outward, can be improved with the aid of knee replacement surgery.
- Conservative Treatment Failure
When non-surgical treatment methods such as physical therapy, pain medication and other conservative measures fail, it’s often an indication that surgical intervention is needed.
What Happens During Knee Replacement Surgery Rehab?
Knee replacement surgery can effectively address the previously mentioned conditions and other serious orthopedic injuries. Your ability to perform activities without pain and discomfort is often restored. Knee replacements have one of the highest rates of patient satisfaction of any surgical operation. For active patients that place a high value on personal freedom and an uninhibited, adventurous lifestyle, the benefits of knee replacements are truly invaluable.
But what should patients expect following surgery?
- Monitored Recovery
Following surgery, most patients spend a night in the hospital under monitored care. Following a return home, regular check-up appointments are scheduled to ensure recovery is progressing successfully. During your visit, your physician will check for signs of any possible complications.
- Physical Therapy
Physical therapy slowly reintroduces normal activity and builds knee strength. It’s also a critical and central component of your knee replacement surgery rehab. At OrthoAspen, our physicians alongside Aspen Valley Hospital physical therapists work closely at all stages of treatment and rehabilitation. Our team creates a personalized recovery plan consisting of knee replacement surgery rehab exercises and strength-building routines. These post-surgery guidelines are designed specifically for your medical condition. This includes taking the sports and activities you participate in into account.
- Recovery Time
Most patients are able to return to normal activity after a few months. Your knee will likely require additional healing time prior to resuming sports activity.
Restoring the health of athletes of all ages and abilities is at the heart of our mission at OrthoAspen. We provide superior orthopedic care, including unmatched knee replacement surgery rehab care, in Aspen and the Midvalley. To learn more about treatments at OrthoAspen or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at (970) 544-1289.