Having joint replacement surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee is a decision that should be considered only after conservative treatment has been proven unsuccessful. Conservative treatment includes taking anti-inflammatory medicine and going to physical therapy, and can also involve lifestyle modifications like eating a healthy diet and engaging in an exercise routine. If these treatments do not ease your symptoms, then it may be time to consider surgery.
Dr. Ira Guttentag, M.D., F.A.C.S., of Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine has helped numerous individuals find relief from osteoarthritis in the knee with joint replacement surgery. He uses a minimally invasive approach for both partial and total knee replacements, which typically allows for a shorter recovery time, reduced surgical risk, and less postoperative pain than traditional surgical approaches.
As you prepare for your joint replacement surgery, it’s important to plan ahead to ensure your recovery period is as seamless as possible. Your preparations for surgery may include:
- Having single-serving meals on-hand that can be easily heated up in the microwave ready to go, so you won’t have to worry about cooking or resort to fast food takeout while you’re recovering.
- Making sure your house is clean and laundry is done so that you have a pristine space to relax in and comfortable clothing to lounge in.
- Placing regularly used items, like remote controls and medications, within easy reach so you don’t have to climb stairs or search around to find them.
- Removing any tripping hazards, like loose rugs or electrical cords, from your walking path so you don’t have to worry about stumbling over these items.
It’s also important to follow all of the instructions provided by Dr. Guttentag, like stopping certain medications and doing the prescribed muscle strengthening program. You may also be asked to donate blood before your surgery. Additionally, you may have options for anesthesia, based on your health history, the results of your medical exam, and any medications you take. All of these options will be explained in detail to you when you consult with Dr. Guttentag.
To learn more about joint replacement surgery, contact Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine today.