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Surprise! You can still be active after a knee replacement

Knees are very complex mechanical structures that can easily be hurt by injury and disease — especially with age. For many, a knee replacement is the solution to pain and mobility concerns. If you’re one of the thousands of Americans considering a partial or total knee replacement, life without those troubles is likely an enjoyable thought. Still, you might be wondering how a replacement will impact your current lifestyle. “Will I still be able to play with my grandchildren?” “Will I have to hang up my bike helmet?” “Will my gardening days be over?”

A joint replacement is a serious surgery, but it doesn’t have to mark the end of your active years. In fact, in many cases, it can get you back out into the world and doing things that, due to persistent arthritic pains and other knee conditions, you struggled with before. There are many great activities that you can enjoy following a joint replacement procedure — from walking and swimming to dancing and cycling. Just read the testimonials from the New York-area residents who have undergone the procedure under my care. Joan, a Brooklynite, describes her double knee replacement as life-changing. Six months after the surgery, Joan was out hiking with a walking stick and kayaking. John, who traveled from Baltimore to have a complex double-knee replacement, is another one of my success stories. He says that he now has back a part of his life that he feared was leaving him. These and countless other stories are evidence of the benefits of a joint replacement — and the hope for continued activity that follows.

If the damage to your knee involves only one compartment or area, you might be a candidate for a partial knee replacement. If this is the case, following surgery and recovery, you’ll still be able to remain highly active. That’s because a partial replacement helps conserve key ligaments that help keep the joint functional. Do keep in mind that a partial knee replacement is not a permanent fix. In fact, you’ll likely need a revision or a total replacement within 10 years.

If a total replacement is in your near future, you can rest easy knowing that your procedure will be done with optimal care. For years, I’ve been researching, developing and using state-of-the-art robotic techniques — like computer-assisted navigation and OrthoSensor Kinetic Technology — to help deliver high patient satisfaction rates. During the procedure, your worn-out bone will be trimmed. A metallic cap and tray articulating with one another through a low-friction plastic cartridge insert will then be added. After a full replacement, proper rehabilitation — including consistent therapy — is essential. With professional guidance and patience as you allow your body to heal, you’ll be well on your way to a world of activity.

There’s no sense in living with the pain that comes from joint damage. If you have any questions or concerns about knee replacement options, contact my office today. We can discuss treatment plans and clinical advances that can help you decide if a replacement is the right choice.

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