Across the U.S. every year, over half of a million patients benefit from the safe, effective results of knee replacement procedures. And while this surgery itself is considered one of the most successful developments in the realm of orthopaedic medicine, each patient’s results and overall experience will differ depending on their surgeon.
A knee replacement surgeon is not just a general orthopaedic doctor. The surgeons who practice at Rothman Institute, for example, are highly specialized particularly in diagnosing and treating issues related specifically to the knee joint. If you are looking for a qualified, experienced knee surgeon to work with you, we recommend looking for the following criteria:
A Focused Level of Expertise: Your surgeon should be a clinical expert in their particular subspecialty. Ask how many successful knee arthroplasty surgeries he or she has conducted and what their most recent efforts have been in continuing their education.
Known for Cutting Edge Innovation: A knee replacement surgeon you can trust is one who is already knowledgeable of and actively implementing the latest treatments and techniques available. Your doctor should be fully aware of the latest medical advancements that pertain to knee replacement procedures.
Committed to Research & Recognized for Leadership: Ask how your surgeon has contributed to continuing research on the topics of knee care and treatment. Has she or he authored books, published articles in medical journals or been asked to speak publicly on the topic?
The qualifications listed above all describe the physicians who make up Rothman Institute’s team of knee specialists. We’ve been consistently voted “Top Docs” in both Philadelphia area and southern New Jersey magazines.
More About the Procedure
In addition to choosing the right knee replacement surgeon to work with, it’s also important that patients educate themselves on the procedure itself. Read below to find out how it works, what the recovery period looks like and what major goals it should accomplish.
The surgery involves resurfacing, which is a process by which the damaged cartilage is removed from the joint and the end of the bones are cleaned up and prepared for the prosthetic pieces to be implanted.
Metal and plastic implants are then added to recreate the seamless, smooth gliding motion that the knee experiences in its healthy state.
The overarching goals of replacing the knee with a prosthetic joint are pain relief and the restoration of function.
Interested in more information on both the short and long term recovery periods for this kind of procedure? Check out our total knee replacement procedure page for more details!
Call us today at 1-800-321-9999 to set up an appointment to see one of our knee replacement surgeons at a location that is convenient for you!