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Knee Treatment & Replacement

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Using innovative joint replacement methods, Lee Health-affiliated orthopedic surgeons provide innovative solutions for your knee pain.

Our surgeons reconstruct hundreds of knee joints each year.

Treatments include routine and complex total knee replacement, revision of previously replaced joints that have worn out or failed, partial knee replacement, and arthroscopic knee surgery.

We also provide more conservative treatments such as cortisone injections and viscosupplementation.

Our orthopedic program includes the following:

  • Pre-operative total joint education class
  • Navigators, nurses, therapists, care managers and patient care technicians who specialize in the case of joint patients
  • Emphasis on group activities and individual care
  • A patient support person is educated to act as “coach” in the recovery process
  • A comprehensive patient guide for you to follow before your surgery and beyond
  • Reunion luncheons for former patients and coaches
  • Newsletters to update you with new information about arthritis and joint care
  • Public education seminars about hip and knee pain

An orthopedic nurse navigator:

  • Guides patients through the entire surgical process from preadmission to discharge
  • Facilitates preoperative education about the procedure, recovery, and rehabilitation
  • Maintains communication with the patient and family before, during and after the hospital stay
  • Answers any questions a patient might have about the procedure, recovery and rehabilitation

Call 239-343-3341 to contact the Lee Memorial Hospital orthopedic nurse navigator or 239-343-0297 for the navigator at Cape Coral Hospital or Gulf Coast Medical Center.

Frequently asked questions

Q: What is arthritis and why does it hurt my knee?

A: The leading cause of joint pain, osteoarthritis, is also known as degenerative joint disease. The cartilage that serves as a cushion and allows for smooth motion of the knee breaks down and wears away. Eventually it wears down to bone. Rubbing of bone against bone causes discomfort, swelling and stiffness.

Q: What is a total knee replacement?

A: A knee replacement is a surgical procedure in which the surgeon removes the damaged bone and cartilage at the ends of the bones in your joint and replaces it with artificial parts. The goal of knee replacement is to allow you to move easily with less discomfort.

Q: What is partial or uni-compartment knee replacement?

A: A partial or uni-compartmental knee replacement is a procedure in which only one of the three compartments in the knee is repaired. Candidates for this procedure have arthritis primarily in the medial compartment of the knee. Your surgeon will determine if this is the right procedure for you.

Q: Do I need to be put to sleep for this surgery?

A: You may have a general anesthetic, which most people call "being put to sleep." Some patients prefer to have spinal or epidural anesthetic that numbs your leg only and light sedation. The choice is between you and the anesthesiologist.

Q: When will I be able to get back to work?

A: We recommend that most people take at least one month off from work, unless their jobs are quite sedentary.

Q: How often will I need to be seen by my doctor following the surgery?

A: You will be seen for your first post-operative office visit two weeks after surgery. The frequency of follow-up visits will depend on your progress.

Q: Do you recommend any restrictions following this surgery?

A: Yes. High-impact activities, such as running, downhill skiing, singles tennis and basketball are not recommended.

Q: Will I notice anything different about my knee?

A: Yes. You may have a small area of numbness to the outside of the scar that may last a year or more and is not serious. Kneeling may be uncomfortable for a year or more, but you can kneel if you want to. Some patients notice some clicking when they move their knee. This is the result of the artificial surfaces coming together and is not serious. You may notice that your knee is warm for up to one year, again, this is not unusual. It is your knee healing from the surgery.

Related to Knee Treatment & Replacement

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    Do you have trouble standing up, difficulty walking or climbing stairs, or experience stiff knees? Your physician may recommend you to a Lee Health knee surgeon to see if robotic surgery is a treatment option for you. Learn more here!