Total Knee Replacement

Total Knee Replacement Anatomy

Total Knee Replacement Anatomy
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How long does it take to recover from a knee replacement?

Most patients can do most things by 6 weeks after surgery.

What if I have an allergy to metals?

The most common “allergy” to metals is skin sensitivity to nickel. While most of the scientific data suggests little relationship between skin sensitivity and a true allergy, if you have a skin sensitivity to nickel please let us know and we can avoid nickel containing implants (although the amount of nickel in these components is very small).

Can I return to work after surgery?

Yes, most patients can return to work after surgery but it depends on how strenuous your job is.

Journal Article: Do patients return to work after total knee arthroplasty?

Will I need a CPM or bending machine for my knee after total knee replacement surgery?

Research shows that at one year after surgery, there is no difference in the range of motion or flexibility of patients who use a CPM or bending machine after surgery compared to patients who did not use one. Hence, we do not use these routinely and only use them in patients who are having a re-do or revision surgery specifically for a stiff knee or in patients who are having trouble with their range of motion after surgery.

BiCruciate Retaining Knee Replacement

Dr. Della Valle has recently started using a new knee prosthesis that preserves both the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments. The hope is that by saving the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments, the knee will feel more normal and natural. We are currently studying the outcomes of this knee to better understand how well it works.

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