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Knee Joint Replacement

The decision to proceed with a knee replacement is not an easy one. It is an operation and the experience can be frightening and can create anxiety. However, for those with painful arthritis, a knee replacement can mean the difference between immobility and the return to a normal life.

Total knee replacements last for many years: about 90-95% of total knee replacements last 10 to 15 years. The operation takes about 1 to 2 hours to complete and involves a 2 to 3 day stay in the hospital (for a partial knee replacement, the stay is 1 to 2 days). One is walking the day of surgery with a walker. Progression to a cane takes about 2 to 3 weeks and then the need for a cane dissipates after about 6 weeks. Rehabilitation starts immediately after the operation and continues after you leave the hospital. Full recovery varies from person to person, but can take up to 3 months. For those who are working, return to work occurs as soon as pain and mobility allow.

There are risks involved with the operation and this is something you should discuss in detail with your surgeon so you can make an informed decision.

It is important to select an experienced surgeon when you decide to have this operation. Dr. Akhtar has evaluated thousands of patients and has performed hundreds of primary and revision knee replacement surgeries. He specializes in complex cases and uses the latest technologies to optimize outcomes. He performs:

Here are some links from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons about Knee Arthritis and Knee Replacement:

Here is an an important video about how to prepare for knee replacement surgery.