Knee Replacement Specialist

Valley Orthopedic Institute

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons & Hand Surgeons located in Palmdale, CA & Ridgecrest, CA

It’s estimated that more than 750,000 people in the United States undergo a knee replacement procedure every year. It’s considered one of the most successful advancements in medicine. Anand Shah, MD, Mehul Taylor, MD, and the team at Valley Orthopedic Institute in Palmdale and Ridgecrest, California, perform knee replacement procedures to ease knee pain and improve quality of life. Schedule a consultation with the skilled board-certified orthopedic surgeons by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.

Knee Replacement Q & A

What is a knee replacement?

A knee replacement, also known as knee arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure that replaces your damaged knee joint with prosthetic pieces. 

During the surgery, the team at Valley Orthopedic Institute uses metal pieces to replace the end portion of the thigh bone and the top portion of the shin bone, separating each piece with a plastic spacer. Then they resurface the kneecap with a domed piece of plastic. 

Am I a candidate for knee replacement?

Your board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Valley Orthopedic Institute determines if you’re a candidate for knee replacement after a consultation. 

Though knee replacement is a successful surgery and helps many people get relief from knee pain, the team may only recommend surgery when:

  • Your knee pain is so severe it affects your mobility
  • You have moderate to severe knee pain even at rest
  • You have ongoing inflammation and swelling in your knee 
  • Your knee is deformed (from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Medical treatments fail to ease your knee pain

Your age isn’t a consideration when deciding whether you need a knee replacement. The primary factors are pain and disability.

What are the types of knee replacement procedures?

There are two types of knee replacement surgery: total knee replacement and partial knee replacement.

Total knee replacement

For a total knee replacement, your surgeon at Valley Orthopedic Institute replaces the entire knee joint. The joint has three major compartments, the inside, outside, and front. 

When you have arthritis or severe knee damage, it most often involves all three parts of the knee joint, requiring a total knee replacement.

Partial knee replacement

With a partial knee replacement, your surgeon replaces only one damaged compartment, not the entire knee joint. A partial knee replacement is less invasive than a total knee replacement, resulting in a shorter recovery time. 

But the team performs a partial knee replacement only if your arthritis doesn’t affect all three of the joint’s compartments. 

How long is recovery from knee replacement?

Recovery following a knee replacement varies and may depend on whether you had a total or partial knee replacement. The team starts physical therapy almost immediately following your surgery.

Once at home, you continue with physical therapy to support healing, ease pain, and restore strength and mobility. You should be able to resume most of your usual activities within six weeks of your surgery, but full recovery may take about four months. 

To find out if you’re a candidate for a knee replacement, call Valley Orthopedic Institute or schedule an appointment online today.