Don’t Let the Idea of a Tough Recovery Keep You from Knee Surgery
At Hartzband Center for Hip & Knee Replacement, we routinely consult with people whose knee and hip problems have been with them for many months. Sometimes, it takes a patient years to obtain the surgical care they need to resolve pain and a disrupted gait. One of the reasons cited is an expectation of a difficult recovery from surgery. Here, we discuss the current reality of joint replacement recovery and why it is far better than many patients imagine.
Throughout the years that hip and knee replacements have been conducted, several aspects of the process have improved. As a result, a vast majority of patients who undergo knee replacement are walking the day they have surgery. They may be discharged from the hospital the day after surgery and be able to walk without the assistance of a walker or cane within a week or two. At the two-week mark after knee replacement, many patients are back to work or settling into rehabilitation such as exercising in a pool. There are a few critical factors that make knee replacement better and easier than it has been in the past.
Innovative Technologies and Surgical Techniques
As surgical techniques have been refined over time, we have seen an increase in patient satisfaction related to recovery. Many of the knee replacement procedures that are performed today are far less disruptive of the quadriceps muscle group and soft tissue that surrounds deeper structures. As a result, function tends to return much faster than it did with previous surgical techniques.
Surgical instruments have also been modified through the years. This has been done to facilitate newer, minimally-invasive approaches to surgery in which smaller incisions and less exposure and dissection of soft tissue occurs.
Techniques, instruments, and technologies such as robotics have all improved surgical outcomes. Despite the various improvements that have occurred, the experienced surgeon recognizes the importance of tissue handling during surgical procedures. Our patients are treated with respect and gentleness that translate to less bleeding, less post-operative pain, and faster recovery.
Our priority when performing knee replacement surgery is to restore significant function and comfort that supports a satisfactory quality of life. Learn more about our knee replacement procedures and which may best serve you. Schedule a visit to our Paramus, NJ office at 201-291-4040.
Category: Knee Injury and Treatment