Knee Replacement Iowa Falls, IA 

Knee pain and swelling can limit your movement and keep you from doing what you love. Our skilled and highly experienced orthopedic surgeons at Mason City Clinic may recommend a knee replacement to restore your knee joint function and relieve your pain. Most people who have had knee replacement surgery report significant improvement in their mobility and quality of life.

Why Would You Require Knee Replacement Surgery?

The knee is one of the largest joints of the body that is exposed to a great deal of stress from daily activities. It is made up of the larger bone of the lower leg called the tibia or shin bone, the upper leg bone called the femur, and the kneecap, also known as the patella. The end of each bone is covered by a layer of cartilage that acts like a shock absorber and allows for smooth movement. Ligaments and tendons stabilize the knee joint, while the surrounding muscles help strengthen and protect it. 

The need for a knee replacement usually results from osteoarthritis, which is the wear and tear causing damage to the cartilage in the knee joint. The bones in the joint begin to rub against each other, causing pain and discomfort. Patients with degenerative joint disease may find it challenging to go about their normal daily activities, such as walking, climbing stairs, or bending at the knee.

Other forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis or arthritis resulting from a knee injury, can also lead to knee joint degeneration. Moreover, fractures and torn cartilage or ligaments can lead to irreversible knee joint damage. Knee replacement surgery may be your best option to alleviate your pain and restore knee movement and function.

What Is Knee Replacement Surgery?

Knee replacement involves removing damaged and worn cartilage from the knee joint and replacing them with metal, ceramic, or plastic prosthetic parts. It is usually recommended after other non-surgical treatments fail to relieve a patient’s discomfort. The procedure helps alleviate pain, stiffness, and limited mobility caused by knee damage resulting from arthritis or injury. It is one of the most common and successful orthopedic surgeries performed today. 

What Are the Types of Knee Replacement Surgery?

The knee has three main compartments – the medial compartment along its inside, the lateral compartment along the outside, and the patellofemoral compartment at the front of the knee. In some cases, only one compartment is damaged, usually the medial compartment. A partial or unicondylar knee replacement replaces only the affected knee compartment. A total knee replacement or knee arthroplasty, on the other hand, replaces all three compartments. 

Total Knee Replacement: Total knee joint replacement involves replacing the entire knee joint with a prosthetic one. The procedure involves making an incision in the front of the knee and removing the damaged bone and cartilage, then reshaping the bone to fit the artificial joint, which is attached with bone cement or screws. The last step is closing the incision and placing a drain to remove excess fluid. 

Partial Knee Replacement: A partial knee replacement involves replacing the worn part of the knee joint. Candidates for partial knee replacement are usually younger and more active patients with symptoms in only one knee section. The procedure is similar to the total knee replacement. However, the incision on your knee will be smaller and recovery time should be shorter. 

Recovery After Knee Replacement Surgery

You will likely experience some pain after your knee replacement surgery, but your care team will do everything to ensure you are as comfortable as possible. We may deliver pain medication through an IV immediately after surgery. When it’s time to go home, make sure to take the pain relief medication we prescribe as needed to ensure you are comfortable as your body begins healing. 

Recovery after knee replacement will depend on the individual patient and the type of surgery performed. Working with a physical therapist is integral to the procedure’s success, ensuring you regain the affected knee’s strength and mobility. Most patients walk with assistance after a few days and return to normal activities three to six weeks after surgery. 

Knee replacement surgery is highly successful, with more than 90 percent of patients experiencing a significant reduction in pain and improved function. Studies show that most knee replacement procedures result in improved pain and mobility for 20 years or longer! 

What Are the Risks of Knee Replacement Surgery?

Knee joint replacement technology has come a long way, with today’s procedures safer and more effective than ever. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are some risks. These include infection, blood clots, kneecap dislocation, joint loosening, instability or falls, nerve injury, and limited range of motion. It is essential to follow the postoperative instructions we provide and take your prescribed medications to minimize the risk of complications. If you have any questions or concerns during recovery, make sure to let us know. 

Total and Partial Knee Replacement Near Me 

Contact Mason City Clinic to learn more about relieving knee pain and improving your range of motion. If you are a candidate for a total or partial knee replacement, you can count on our accomplished surgeons and dedicated team for leading-edge, compassionate care. Don’t let knee pain hold you back. Call us to schedule your appointment or request one online today. 

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