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Knee Joint Replacement Surgery in Kansas City

Your Quick Guide to Knee Joint Replacement Surgery

News / 6/11/2021

If you have knee osteoarthritis, ongoing pain may disrupt both your ability to walk and your daily life as a whole. After exhausting conservative treatment options, a knee joint replacement surgery in Kansas City can offer you long-term relief. 

APEX Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has provided top-of-the-line knee replacement surgeries for our patients. In many cases, we utilize robot technology to improve the accuracy and outcomes of the procedures. 

What is a knee joint replacement surgery?

Most people undergo knee joint replacement surgery due to osteoarthritis complications. Osteoarthritis comes from the wear and tear of the cartilage that surrounds joints. Cartilage plays an important role in how your joints move and feel by creating a layer of protection against direct joint connection. Therefore, a lack of cartilage can lead to inflammation and joint degeneration. 

What makes robotic-assisted knee replacements different?

A robotic-assisted knee replacement uses mapping technology to increase the precision and accuracy of the surgery. Keep in mind that robotics assist the surgery; robots are not actually performing the surgery. Therefore, regardless of the technology, the results will only be as good as the surgeon’s expertise. 

How do I know whether I need a partial or total knee joint replacement?

Orthopedic surgeons can perform both partial and total joint replacements. The choice between the two depends on the arthritis. There are three compartments where you could have arthritis—inside the knee, outside the knee, and under the kneecap. People who only have arthritis in one compartment, with symptoms to match, are candidates for a partial knee replacement. However, if you suffer from arthritis in two or three of those compartments, the only option is a total knee replacement. 

What can I expect from knee replacement surgery recovery?

Overall recovery for a full knee replacement is about three months. Many patients can go home the same day as an outpatient procedure. However, this is only possible if you are healthy, motivated, and have good social support at home. If you fall into this category, you would typically start therapy and walking the day after your surgery.

Going back to work will depend on the type of job you have. If you have a desk job or a job that isn’t very active, you can often return after 2 to 3 weeks. However, if your job requires more strenuous activity and heavy labor, it could take as long as three months.

On the other hand, recovery for a partial knee replacement will only take about six weeks. Since the procedure is not as invasive, you won’t spend as much time during the recovery process.

Learn more about knee joint replacement surgery at APEX Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

The core of our success lies in proper diagnosis. An appointment with one of our providers includes the highest quality technology to pinpoint a patient’s underlying musculoskeletal conditions. From there, we can better understand which treatment will work best for you. 

APEX’s private practice model ensures our physicians can provide patients with the most value that doesn’t involve hidden fees or outlandish pricing. 

For a thorough evaluation, call us at 913-642-0200 or schedule an appointment today.

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