Recognized as one of the most successful procedures in all of medicine, well over one half-million people undergo knee replacement surgery each year. Your Longfellow Center Care Team provides expert, coordinated care which can help you reduce or eliminate pain and discomfort, allow easier movement and get you back to normal activities.
Do I Need Knee Surgery?
Over time, you may notice discomfort in one or both knees; this can be the result of the natural wear and tear as you age – the protective coating between your bones can actually wear out, making even the most routine movements a painful experience. Many times, you will find that you suffer from osteoarthritis, a common condition resulting in the wear and tear that diminishes the tough smooth tissue at the end of your bones known as cartilage and eventually leads to the deterioration of the bone resulting in pain, inflammation and restricted movements.
As this cushion wears away, you can be left with arthritic knee pain, which severely limits your daily activities and might require surgery. Our Care Team stands ready to provide you with a thorough examination and diagnosis so that if a procedure is needed; you will understand your options. You will only be scheduled for surgery if traditional measures, such as exercise, physical therapy and/or medications fail to alleviate your condition.
If you are candidate for surgery, your Surgeon will determine the best type of implant that is right for you. Today, there are many types of implants available and your specific device will be determined after considering your age, activity level, and the device’s historic performance.
Generally, when single knee surgery is performed, you will be in the hospital for approximately one to three days; both knees might require an extra day or two, but preparation should begin a full six weeks prior to your procedure.
Preparing For Surgery
Once scheduled, your Care Team will develop a treatment plan specific to your needs. Your surgeon will provide you with a knee guidebook that will walk you through the entire process. The Surgeon’s office will coordinate your preoperative care. You will be required to attend a number of specific appointments in preparation for your surgery including preadmission medical clearance with your primary care physician, preadmission testing at the hospital, a preoperative education class and any other appointments that your Physician may require for preoperative medical clearance.
For your convenience, our Orthopedic Care Coordinator, Debbie Levenson, is available to assist you during regular business hours; please call 617-499-5882. She will answer any questions you might have about any part of the process.
In addition to all your required medical preparations, you should also be preparing your home - Preparations might involve moving commonly used items to within easy reach, taking safety precautions so that you can navigate around your home, and taking any number of other cautions, including making your bathroom accessible during your recovery.
Historically, the best way to prepare for surgery is to go through a series of lower extremity range of motion and strengthening exercises daily and to optimize your aerobic capacity in preparation for the rigors of the procedure. Having your Coach assist you is a great idea, both before surgery and during your recovery and rehabilitation.
For a more comprehensive overview of what to expect please take advantage of our Knee Guidebook by clicking on this link. This tool provides you with a true detailed review of all the things you’ll need to complete/do in order to reduce or eliminate any apprehension you might have about preparing for your surgery.
When You Arrive
Upon arrival, your Care Team will provide you with all the information you need, from reviewing anesthesia to different types of pain you can expect, to how you can best facilitate your recovery and rehabilitation.
It is our goal at the Longfellow Center to have you ambulatory on the day of surgery, discharged within three days of your arrival, and back to a full recovery in 3 months or less!
And of course, your Care Team Therapists will get you started on a postoperative exercise program to help ease you back to independence.
Follow Up Care
After the procedure, you will follow up with your Surgeon for your postoperative care. After your recovery, you should see your surgeon no less than once every year. That way, any potential issues with your implant can be discussed and corrected as necessary.
For more information, view our upcoming educational seminars and preoperative educational classes, as well as answers to many frequently asked questions.
Your Care Team at the Longfellow Joint Care Center stands ready to answer any and all questions that you might have about your knee replacement procedure - our experience, dedication, and compassion for your well-being are second to none, so please give us a call today at 617-499-5882.