If you have severe knee pain when you walk, get up from a chair, or simply move around, you’re not alone. In the United States, over 600,000 knee replacement surgeries are completed every year. Dr. Thomas Baylis of Premier Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, is a renowned joint replacement specialist. Using both traditional and innovative procedures, including robotic-assisted knee replacements, he can improve your mobility and eliminate your knee pain. If you live in or near Hattiesburg, Mississippi, call to schedule or book your appointment online.
If you have end-stage osteoarthritis in your knees, you already know the impact it can have on your life and mobility. If you’ve tried traditional treatments for knee pain, including over-the-counter pain relievers, corticosteroid injections, and braces, and they no longer work to reduce your pain, you may be a candidate for a knee replacement, also called arthroplasty.
Because osteoarthritis destroys the cartilage in your knee joint, Dr. Baylis replaces the damaged area with either plastic or metal parts. If the damage to your joint is extensive, a total knee replacement may be necessary. In this procedure, the ends of both the thigh bone and the shin bone, as well as the knee joint itself, are replaced with artificial components.
When it comes to knee replacement surgery, there are risks involved. Complications could arise during or after the procedure and include:
In some cases, the artificial joint may become dislodged and not work as it should. When this occurs, another knee replacement is necessary.
Dr. Baylis uses cutting-edge technologies, like robotic-assisted knee replacement, to reduce your risk of complications as much as possible.
If you’re having a partial or total knee replacement surgery, your aftercare is essential to a full recovery. While you’re still in the hospital, your team gets you moving as soon as possible.
You meet with a physical therapist who develops a customized exercise program, which may include a continuous passive motion (CPM) machine. This machine moves your knee through its total range of motion ensuring you rebuild your strength without sacrificing mobility.
Within a few days post-surgery, you’re discharged home or to a rehabilitation center. You’re instructed to continue using the CPM machine and to participate in physical therapy.
Dr. Baylis may ask you to keep your knee elevated. Driving is restricted at least until your follow-up appointment. If you’re at risk of falling, he may recommend using an assistive device, such as a walker or cane.
If knee pain and limited range of motion are impacting how you walk, it’s time to consider a knee replacement. Contact the board-certified and fellowship-trained joint replacement specialist. Call the office today to schedule your appointment or book it online now.