If you experience chronic knee pain, and it affects your mobility or quality of life, you may be a candidate for total knee replacement. At Andrew D. Pearle, MD, board-certified orthopedic knee surgeon Dr. Pearle and nurse practitioner Emma Jane Smith perform robotic, cementless total knee replacement. The advanced treatment reduces the risk of complications and allows for quicker recovery. To make an appointment on the Upper East Side in New York City, or in White Plains, New York, call the nearest office or book online today.
Total knee replacement is an orthopedic procedure that replaces a damaged or diseased knee joint with a prosthesis. Dr. Pearle performs total knee replacement using a cementless approach. That allows him to optimize the alignment and positioning of your joint, reducing the risk of deterioration over time.
You might be a candidate for total knee replacement if you have arthritis. That’s especially true if the pain doesn’t respond to at-home treatments, affects your mobility, or keeps you from work and exercise.
Dr. Pearle performs total knee replacement at the hospital or a surgical facility. Before conducting the procedure, he administers local anesthesia, putting you to sleep.
Once you’re comfortable, Dr. Pearle makes a series of small incisions above your knee. Then, he uses special tools to remove the damaged or diseased cartilage and bone. Dr. Pearle replaces the bone and cartilage with metal components.
Instead of cementing the prosthetics in place, Dr. Pearle “press fits” them into your bone. Then, he inserts a spacer between the metal components, creating a smooth gliding surface.
Dr. Pearle removes the surgical tools, closes the incision, and moves you to a recovery room for observation.
After total knee replacement, you stay in the hospital for 1-3 days. During that time, it’s normal to experience swelling, bruising, and sensitivity. Take your medication and follow Dr. Pearle’s instructions carefully.
Once your knee begins to heal, it’s important to enroll in physical therapy. Physical therapy teaches you stretches and exercises that enhance your mobility and encourage your body’s healing process.
After total knee replacement, you must take steps to reduce the risk of a future injury. Dr. Pearle recommends:
It’s also important to let your dentist know about your knee replacement. That’s because having an artificial joint may increase your risk of infection after certain oral procedures.
To learn more about robotic cementless total knee replacement, make an appointment at the practice of Andrew D. Pearle, MD, by calling the office or booking online today.