Oklahoma City Knee Replacement Surgery
At Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony in Midtown Oklahoma City, you will find a complete approach to treatment and wellness for patients undergoing total or partial knee replacement surgery. Our programs to provide care and treatment are known throughout Oklahoma City and the state. Our team of physicians, nurses and therapists work closely with you to help provide a successful stay and recovery from both total and partial knee replacement surgery.
Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony in Oklahoma City is committed solely to orthopedic surgery, making it Oklahoma’s choice for exceptional joint replacement surgery and orthopedic care for more than 80 years. The same quality programs for which it is known here in Oklahoma City have earned the hospital a reputation for excellence across the nation. Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthonyis also the first and only hospital in Oklahoma City with robotic assisted knee surgery.
What is Knee Replacement Surgery?
In your knees, there are several layers of smooth cartilage on the lower end of the femur (thigh bone), the upper end of the tibia (shin bone) and the underside of the patella (knee cap). The cartilage is a cushion that allows for smooth movement of the knee. When the bone rubs against bone, it causes discomfort, swelling and stiffness. Your surgeon may elect to perform total or partial knee replacement surgery, depending on the extent to which your knee is affected.
During total knee replacement surgery, cartilage in the knee is replaced with an artificial surface. Knee replacement implants include a metal alloy used on the end of the femur and a plastic spacer used on the tibia. The cartilage on the back of the knee cap may also undergo replacement if necessary. Knee replacement surgery helps create a smoothly functioning joint, which will help prevent painful bone on bone contact in the knee.
Total knee replacement offers renewed stability, eliminates pain and minimizes wear and tear on your knee joints. Several factors can affect the results for each patient, including the quality of surrounding tissue, the severity of the arthritis, activity level and adherence to the doctor’s orders. Your surgeon can help you understand the factors that apply to you.
Partial knee replacement surgery is also an option for patients with damage confined to a limited area. Partial knee replacement is a minimally invasive procedure that removes only the most damaged areas of the cartilage and replaces those surfaces.
Possible Risks with Total or Partial Knee Replacement Surgery?
Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony in Oklahoma City takes necessary precautions to prevent possible risks during surgery. The majority of total and partial knee replacement surgeries are free of complications. The most common concerns among patients are infections and blood clots. To avoid these complications, you will receive antibiotics and blood thinners. Every precaution is taken in the operating room to reduce your risk for infection.
General anesthesia is also used during the majority of partial and total knee replacement surgeries, although various types of spinal anesthesia may also be an option. Your anesthesia provider will discuss this with you before your operation. The anesthetist may also perform one or more types of nerve blocks in your operative leg. This will block the sensation in your leg, which helps to control your discomfort in the hours immediately following operation. The length of time the block lasts varies from person to person. It is not unusual for your leg to feel numb due to the nerve block for several hours after surgery.
After Your Surgery
The Joint Replacement Center at Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony in Oklahoma City is dedicated to providing quality care to those patients undergoing total or partial knee replacement surgery. Most patients begin their physical therapy sessions the morning after surgery, and will be able to walk with the aid of a walker and sit in a chair. Patients undergoing partial knee replacement will most likely be able to get out of bed the evening of the day of the operation. At Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony in Oklahoma, our emphasis is on group activities as well as individualized care to provide support during your recovery period.
Finding a Knee Replacement Specialist in Oklahoma City
If you are looking for a knee replacement specialist in Oklahoma City, or a doctor to help you determine what to do about your knee pain, call our Physician Referral Line at 405.272.7900.
When you call, tell the representative you are looking for a knee replacement specialist or a doctor who treats knee pain, and you will receive a referral to a knee replacement surgeon in the Oklahoma City metro area based on your location and your insurance provider. Always remember to double check insurance coverage with the doctor you select.