Knee replacement — also referred to as knee arthroplasty — is a surgical procedure that replaces damaged tissue in your knee with a prosthesis, allowing you to regain your mobility. Orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine expert Omar D. Hussamy, MD, PA, has extensive experience performing knee replacement procedures. To determine if a knee replacement is right for you, call Dr. Hussamy’s office in Vero Beach, Florida, or book an appointment online today.
Knee replacements involve removing damaged tissues from your knee joint and replacing them with artificial parts. A knee replacement is an excellent option for patients who have sustained a traumatic injury to their knee, as well as those who suffer from degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis.
Your knee has three main compartments: medial (inner side), lateral (outer side), and patellofemoral (the portion between your kneecap and thigh bone). If these components are damaged and cause you pain, Dr. Hussamy may perform a knee replacement to help restore your mobility and quality of life.
Osteoarthritis and severe knee injuries, such as fractures, are the most common reasons for knee replacement. Dr. Hussamy always tries conservative treatments, such as medications and physical therapy, before recommending surgery.
However, it may be time to consider a knee replacement if you have a condition that causes severe knee pain and limits your daily activities.
First, Dr. Hussamy carefully evaluates your condition and performs a physical exam to make sure you're the right candidate for a knee replacement procedure. He may perform tests like an x-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to assess your knee joint's internal structures.
If surgery is indicated, the procedure happens while you're under general anesthesia. During a knee replacement, Dr. Hussamy carefully removes the damaged tissue from your knee and replaces it with biocompatible components. Surgery typically takes a couple of hours.
Following the guidelines that your surgeon sets out for you post-op is crucial to ensuring a successful recovery. For some time after your appointment, you won't be able to bear weight on your leg.
Physical rehabilitation after your surgery is also vital to help you regain mobility. Dr. Hussamy recommends a physical therapy plan to rebuild strength and restore function after your knee replacement.
If you think you may benefit from a knee replacement, call the friendly team at the office of Omar D. Hussamy, MD, or book an appointment online today.