Knee Replacement

Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Orthopedic Surgery & Rehabilitation located in Rockville, MD & Damascus, MD

When your knees are a constant source of pain, it makes it hard to participate in the activities you enjoy. The exceptional team of orthopaedic surgeons at Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation in Rockville and Damascus, Maryland, offers the latest technologies in knee replacement surgery for patients of all ages who suffer from chronic knee pain or degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis. Learn how knee surgery can help you return to a more active lifestyle with less pain. Call or request an appointment online today.

Knee Replacement Q & A

Why Would I Need Knee Replacement Surgery?

The most common reason people seek knee replacement surgery is to relieve the pain from a degenerative joint condition called osteoarthritis, which gradually leads to deteriorating cartilage and the development of bone spurs in the knee. As the disease progresses, you typically experience joint pain and stiffness, difficulty walking or climbing stairs, and tenderness surrounding your knee joint.

When nonsurgical treatments like rest, medicine, and physical therapy no longer relieve your osteoarthritis pain, your doctor may recommend knee replacement surgery to restore mobility to your knee, allowing you to regain a more active lifestyle.

You may also need a total knee replacement after a severe injury to your knee that makes it hard to perform daily activities or continue playing a sport you once enjoyed.

How Does My Doctor Diagnose My Knee Condition?

Your skilled orthopaedic surgeon at Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation examines your knee joint to assess its range of motion, strength, and stability. They discuss your medical history as well as any prior nonsurgical treatments you may have tried to help alleviate your pain.

In some cases, X-rays or MRIs can provide additional information, helping your surgeon to recommend the best course of treatment for your particular condition.

The team at Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation take an individualized, patient-centered approach to relieving your knee pain and performing knee replacement surgery if you and your doctor decide that’s the best therapy for you.

The team of dedicated surgeons and on-site physical therapists work together to take a more conservative, nonsurgical approach to treating your knee pain before resorting to knee replacement surgery as the final option.

What Can I Expect with Knee Replacement Surgery?

Typically, knee replacement surgery involves cutting away damaged cartilage and bone from your thigh bone, kneecap, and shin bone and replacing it with an artificial joint made from metal alloys, medical-grade plastics, and polymers. Your doctor selects the particular surgical technique and prosthetic materials based on factors such as your:

  • Age
  • Weight
  • Knee size and shape
  • Activity level
  • Overall health

Total knee replacement surgery requires general anesthesia and a hospital stay, but you’ll be encouraged to move and exercise your new knee the day after your surgery to promote effective healing.

As you become more mobile, Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation offers an on-site physical therapy and rehabilitation facility to help you recover during the weeks following your surgery. Your doctors, physical therapists, and rehabilitation specialists collaborate with you to ensure the best possible outcome.

To learn more about knee replacement surgery, call Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation or request an appointment online today.