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Knee Replacement

What is Knee Replacement Surgery?

Knee replacement is where portions of the bones that form the knee joint are removed and replaced with artificial implants. It is a treatment option for chronic knee pain that results from degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis or weakened knee joints caused by an injury or other condition. It is one of the most common types of orthopedic surgeries done in the United States.

Arthritis and Total Joint Specialists, a Northside Hospital network provider, offers outpatient, same-day knee replacement surgery to restore function in your knee joint and relieve chronic pain. The Advanced Center for Joint Replacement has one the shortest length of stay in the United States, with most patients returning home within 4-6 hours of their operation. Our patients also have one of the lowest readmission rates in the country.

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What are the different types of knee replacement surgery?

Partial Knee Replacement
A partial knee replacement involves the removal of only the damaged part of your knee joint and replacing it with an artificial device. The healthy parts of the knee are maintained. This can be considered when only one of the two major compartments of the knee is involved.

Total Knee Replacement
A total knee replacement entails resurfacing the damaged parts of the joint generally removing only a few millimeters of bone. The primary ligamentous structures and soft tissues remain intact.

Robotic assisted knee surgery
Robotic-assisted knee surgery can be used in different scenarios to achieve optimal results. These technologies feature surgical tools and a high-definition camera that can see the sensors placed around the joint.

The camera transmits a close-up view of the surgical site to an external monitor your surgeon references during the procedure. The surgeons control the robotic arm and the computer assists in the creation of the contours for the implants. This allows them a higher level of control over the surgical tools and cut surfaces.

The surgeons at Arthritis Total Joint Specialist offer both the Mako robotic system and the VELYS robotic-assisted surgical technology for knee surgeries.

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How do I know if I need knee replacement surgery?

We believe the primary driver of a decision for surgery is the individual's dysfunction. When activities that bring us joy or activities of daily living are limited, it is time to consider a surgical option.

Knee replacement surgery is meant to restore your ability to participate in the things you like to do.

However, it is best to schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic surgeons to evaluate your needs.

Signs that you may need surgery are:

  • Your knees are stiff and swollen.
  • There is pain throughout the day, even at rest.
  • Walking, getting up, or climbing stairs is painful and difficult.
  • Non-operative options and physical therapy do not offer enough relief.
  • Knee cartilage is so damaged and worn away that you are walking "bone on bone," in which the bones of the joint are scraping together.

Find a physician and make an appointment with one of our board-certified, fellowship-trained ATJS surgeons

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How to prepare for knee surgery?

Knee replacement surgery requires patient participation to achieve the best outcomes. We guide you through the process to put the patient and caregiver at ease. ATJS has a pre-surgical, in person class that is very helpful in explaining what to expect and how best to participate in recovery. This allows for open questions and is often cited by patients as extremely helpful.

We also have an online therapy partnership with industry-leading Force Therapeutics which guides patients through pre and post-surgical exercises.

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What happens during knee surgery?

During Knee Replacement Surgery, the surgeon shaves off a small amount of bone and resurfaces it with metal components. A plastic bearing surface is placed between these two components and the muscles, tendons, and ligaments are maintained.

Prior to surgery, patients are given nerve blocks that substantially aid in the recovery process. Light sedation is used throughout the procedure and the typical time in the operating room is often from 60-90 minutes.

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How long does it take to recover from knee surgery?

Recovery looks different for everyone and every surgery is different. All of our patients go home the same day walking independently with a walker. You can expect to start physical therapy soon after your surgery to restore function in your joint and muscles.

Most patients will use a walker for the first 1-2 weeks. Patients will return to walking in a neighborhood between weeks 2-4. Return to moderate exercises such as golf, tennis, or pickleball often is at the 6-8 weeks mark.

Your motivation and participation in your physical therapy program are key to the success of your surgery and recovery.

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Why come to ATJS for Knee Replacement Surgery?

Arthritis Total Joint Specialists knee replacement surgeons are among the most skilled surgeons in Georgia. Our surgeons were also ranked #1 most experienced in the state of Georgia.

All surgeons are board-certified and fellowship-trained. The program has a national and international reputation with surgeons from around the world visiting our center to learn the methods to our success.

In addition to their expertise and extensive training, our surgeons are recognized industry leaders often giving keynote talks at joint replacement conferences. Our surgeons often serve as panel experts as well.

They have a singular focus on joint replacement surgery. This experience allows them to achieve very high success rates, avoid complications and help effectively relieve our patients’ pain.

We have been ranked #1 in the Nation for the lowest length of stay and #1 in Georgia for the lowest readmissions. This means that you will get home quickly, but most importantly, safely.

As a patient, you can expect exceptional customer service from the moment you call to make your appointment to close follow-up from our team members after surgery. The goal has always been to develop a program that serves the community with the highest standards for outcomes and safety. This required input from everyone involved in the patient care experience. And it was this collaboration that was recognized by Dexur as #1 in the state of Georgia and the Nation.

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Call our office to make an appointment or to refer a patient. 770-292-6500