Every year, hundreds of thousands of people in the United States get relief from their knee pain and get back to their active lifestyle because of knee replacement surgery. Prairie Garden Medical in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is a multispecialty practice with a team of health professionals, including Joel Tupper, MD, and Daniel Jones, MD, who provide a wide range of services. The team has skilled orthopedic surgeons who use the most advanced techniques for knee replacement. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
Knee replacement, also called knee arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes damaged parts of your knee joint and replaces them with prosthetic devices.
Orthopedic surgeons perform knee replacement to treat chronic knee pain that affects mobility and quality of life. Following a knee replacement, many people experience significant improvements in knee pain and are able to get back to their active lifestyle.
Prairie Garden Medical is a multispecialty practice that includes a team of health professionals from many areas of medicine, including orthopedic surgeons who perform knee replacement procedures.
The team at Prairie Garden Medical determines if you’re a candidate for knee replacement following an evaluation. They may recommend the surgical procedure if you have chronic knee pain, perhaps from arthritis or a traumatic injury, that no longer responds to medical interventions like medications and physical therapy.
Knee replacement most often treats knee osteoarthritis (OA), a degenerative type of arthritis that occurs as the cartilage wears away. Cartilage is what keeps bones within the joint from rubbing together.
There are two types of knee replacement procedures: total knee replacement and partial knee replacement.
For a total knee replacement, your surgeon removes all of the damaged compartments of your knee joint (surface end of the thigh bone and shinbone) and replaces it with metal implants.
During a partial knee replacement, your surgeon removes and replaces one compartment of your knee.
The Prairie Garden Medical team performs a partial knee replacement if the damage affects only one part of the knee; otherwise, you need a total knee replacement.
When performing knee replacement, the team may use robot-assisted surgery, allowing them to proceed using smaller incisions and have greater flexibility.
You can expect some pain, stiffness, and swelling immediately following your knee replacement. However, the team at Prairie Garden Medical has you up and walking within 24 hours.
You need regular physical therapy to support your recovery. Most people get back to their usual activities about six weeks after surgery. However, it can take four months or longer to regain complete mobility and strength.
To schedule your knee replacement consultation at Prairie Garden Medical, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.