Total Joint Specialists
Hip and Knee Replacement in the Greater Atlanta Area
When chronic knee pain is keeping you from your favorite activities, it may be time to consider knee replacement surgery. At Total Joint Specialists, the orthopedic surgeons offer same-day outpatient knee replacement surgeries. They can replace all or part of the damaged joint to give you back your mobility and relieve chronic pain. To find out if knee replacement surgery is right for you, call one of the 8 offices through Georgia, including in Midtown Atlanta, Alpharetta, Braselton, Canton, Cumming, Gainesville, Sandy Springs, Lawrenceville, or Woodstock, or request an appointment online today.
Knee Replacement Surgery Q&A
What is knee replacement surgery?
Knee replacement surgery is a treatment option for chronic knee pain that results from degenerative diseases like arthritis or an injury.
The providers at Total Joint Specialists offer same-day knee replacement surgeries on an outpatient basis to restore function in your knee joint and relieve chronic pain.
Partial knee replacement
A partial knee replacement involves the removal of only the damaged part of your knee joint and replacing it with an artificial device. The healthy parts of the knee are maintained. This can be considered if only one compartment of the knee is involved.
Total knee replacement
A total knee replacement entails resurfacing the damaged parts of the joint generally removing only a few millimeters of bone. The primary ligamentous structures and soft tissues remain intact.
What happens during knee replacement surgery?
Your treatment begins with a pre-surgical evaluation to plan for the best size and position of your artificial joint. Total Joint Specialists will use multiple techniques to plan for the optimal joint replacement. These will include computer templated digital x-rays and occasionally CT scans.
During your knee replacement surgery, the orthopedic surgeons use instruments that help measure the knee and prepare the surfaces. The guides allow for precise removal of damaged bone and resurfacing with implants. Only the minimal amount of bone is removed to allow for a well-balanced and mobile knee. Robotic technologies from Mako and VELYS can be used in certain situations to assist in the placement of the bony cuts.
How long does it take to recover from knee replacement surgery?
Everyone heals differently after knee replacement surgery. Almost all of the patients go home the same day walking independently with a walker. They are able to ambulate in the house without anyone’s assistance, but the team does encourage someone to be around to help if needed for the first several days.
Most return to the office between 2 and 4 weeks without a walking device. Return to sporting activities can take 4-8 weeks depending on the intensity of the sport. The providers at Total Joint Specialists will monitor your healing process and offer multimodal pain control services to keep you comfortable.
You can expect to start physical therapy soon after your surgery to restore function in your joint and muscles. It is critical that the patients participate in physical therapy to achieve the best results.
Total Joint Specialists also offers their Force Therapeutics program, a free, video-based recovery program that gives you access to the care team. The program’s patient portal also provides rehabilitation resources and physical therapy to help you heal more efficiently.
To find out if knee replacement surgery is an option for you, call the Total Joint Specialists office nearest you or request online today.