Knee Joint Replacement
The bones in your knee joint are covered with a tough, lubricating tissue called cartilage. As cartilage wears away, bone begins to rub against bone, causing irritation, swelling, stiffness and discomfort associated with arthritis.
In total knee replacement surgery, an orthopedic surgeon makes an incision to remove damaged cartilage and bone. These are replaced with artificial implants. A metal alloy is used for the end of the thigh bone (femur). The shin bone (tibia) and knee cap (patella) implants are made of polyethylene, a special type of plastic. The implants create a smoothly functioning joint and prevent bone-on-bone contact.
Providence St. Peter Hospital Total Joint Center Helps You Recover
Patients who undergo knee joint replacement at Providence St. Peter Hospital have a special advantage on their road to recovery. At our Total Joint Center, knee and hip replacement patients begin rehabilitation together, in a team setting. Sharing the rehabilitation process with others in similar situations is motivational and promotes quicker healing.
During your stay in the Center, a highly skilled team of orthopedic surgeons, dedicated nurses, therapists and other caregivers will create an individual treatment plan for you and help you through the rehabilitation process.
Features of the Total Joint Center Program
- Private rooms on the 6th floor of the St. Peter Hospital Orthopedic Unit
- Dedicated nurses and therapists who specialize in care of joint replacement patients
- A comprehensive patient guide for you to follow from six weeks before your surgery to three months afterward, and beyond
- Extensive education and information for you, and a coach you designate, to help build your confidence and lead you to a fast recovery