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A Positive Approach

Smiling active senior man and woman riding bicycles in springA positive approach when preparing for your surgery is a key step in your recovery. The goal of joint replacement is to relieve your existing pain and improve your mobility, thus improving your quality of life. A large part of your recovery process will involve using your new joint by walking and performing exercises ordered by your surgeon. We ask that you make a commitment to follow your doctor’s instructions and work on your exercises.

Your stay with us at Fairfield Medical Center will be brief, and you will continue to recover after your discharge. Therefore, we ask your surgeon and family about the best place for you to recover. This may be at home or at a rehabilitation facility. Since each patient recovers differently, your recovery and exercise plan will be tailored to you. Please talk with the staff if you need support, either emotionally or physically, in coping with your surgery and recovery.

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How to Prepare for Surgery

Once you are under general anesthesia or spinal/epidural anesthesia, an 8- to 12-inch cut is made in the front of the knee. The damaged part of the joint is removed from the surface of the bones, and the surfaces are then shaped to hold a metal or plastic artificial joint. The artificial joint is attached to the thigh bone, shin and knee cap. When fit together, the attached artificial parts form the joint, relying on the surrounding muscles and ligaments for support and function.

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What to Expect During your Stay with Us

Minimally invasive surgery has revolutionized knee replacement surgery as well as many fields of medicine. Its key characteristic is that it uses specialized techniques and instruments to enable the surgeon to perform major surgery without a large incision.

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How to Prepare for Recovery

Typically, you will have 3-day hospital stay and depending on progress you could be independent within a week. Physical therapy begins 24 hours after surgery with isometric exercises in bed. The physical therapist will teach you how to safely get in and out of bed without damaging your new joint during recovery. Progressive daily exercises will help to increase your range-of-motion, making it possible to achieve a 90° bend in your knee by the end of your hospital stay.

Follow your surgeon’s directions throughout rehabilitation and attend all follow-up appointments with your surgeon and physical therapist. It is still common to have pain, as recovery time can last three to six months.

Experience Coordinated Care

Trevor Call, DO
Trevor Call, DO
Orthopedics, Sports Medicine
Jason Reed, DO
Jason Reed, D.O.
Joint Reconstruction, Orthopedics, Sports Medicine
Nicole Sabatina
Nicole Sabatina, DO
Orthopedics, Sports Medicine
Timothy Norman, PA-C
Timothy Norman, PA-C
Orthopedics, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine
James Wright, PA
James Wright, PA-C
Orthopedics, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Rheumatology, Sports Medicine

Learn More or Schedule a Tour

For more information about Fairfield Medical Center’s orthopedic care or to schedule a tour, call 740-687-8649.