Each year, about 790,000 Americans undergo a knee replacement procedure. Thanks to modern treatment techniques and tools, the procedure is quick, effective, and virtually pain-free. At NJOSM Clinic in Clifton, New Jersey, orthopedic surgeon Omar Khatib, MD, provides knee replacement on-site on an outpatient basis. To schedule an appointment, book online or call the office today.
Knee replacement is a type of orthopedic surgery used to relieve pain and restore function to a diseased or damaged knee joint. During the procedure, Dr. Khatib removes damaged bone and cartilage from around your knee and replaces it with an artificial joint made of metal, high-grade plastics, or ceramic.
There are several ways to approach knee replacement. The procedure that’s right for you depends on your age, weight, height, and health history.
Before undergoing knee replacement surgery, you meet with Dr. Khatib for an in-office consultation. During this appointment, Dr. Khatib advises you to quit smoking (if you do), stop taking certain medications, and prepare your home for the recovery process.
To make your home safer and easier to navigate during recovery, Dr. Khatib recommends:
If you live alone, you might also want to ask a friend or family member to stay with you. Following surgery, it’s difficult to move around. A roommate can assist you with eating, going to the bathroom, and bathing.
Dr. Khatib conducts minimally invasive knee replacement on-site as an outpatient procedure. Before replacing your joint, he administers general anesthesia. This puts you to sleep and ensures your comfort throughout the operation.
Once the anesthesia sets in, Dr. Khatib bends your knee to expose all surfaces of the joint. He makes a small incision near the joint and uses special tools to carefully remove your damaged joint tissue. Next, Dr. Khatib implants your artificial joint. He bends and rotates your knee to test its function and then sutures the incision.
Following a knee replacement, it’s normal to experience some swelling, sensitivity, and bruising. You won’t be able to drive, so have a friend or family member pick you up and take you home.
Dr. Khatib writes you a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics. Take your medication as suggested and follow his recovery instructions closely. After the first week, Dr. Khatib gives you a list of simple exercises. These exercises strengthen your knee joint and speed up your body’s natural healing process.
To see if you’re a candidate for knee replacement, schedule an appointment at NJOSM Clinic. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.