At MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, patients receive a complete team approach to their knee replacement treatment, from evaluation through hospitalization to post-operative care. Many of our orthopaedic specialists are highly skilled in knee replacements, including Dr. Gold, one of the leading orthopaedic surgeons in the country for computer-assisted surgery.
Knee replacement patients can choose to participate in our Bloodless Medicine Surgery Program.
David Gold, MD, director of Joint Replacement at MedStar Franklin Square Hospital, explains the connection between arthritis and hip or knee replacement in the video below. He also discusses computerized joint replacement, and what to expect for recovery time.
Computer-assisted surgery aligns bones and replacement implants with a degree of accuracy not possible with the naked eye. This reduces wear and tear to increase the longevity of the new joint.
In a total knee replacement, damaged tissue is removed and the knee joint is resurfaced using artificial materials. The surgery is an option for patients who suffer from advanced arthritis of the knee or joint problems that limit basic activities and have not responded to other treatment.
- Partial (Unicompartmental) Knee Replacement
In partial knee replacement, the surgeon removes only the damaged portion of the knee, leaving the healthy parts untouched. Only one compartment is replaced, compared with three compartments in a full joint replacement. About 20 to 25 percent of those who need knee replacement are candidates for a partial knee replacement.
- Rotating Platform Knee Replacement
Rotating platform knees are designed to accommodate more normal movement of the knee and allows the knee to slightly rotate while it flexes and extends, accommodating your body's normal need for rotation. They provide more fluid movement and minimal wear, allowing implants to last longer.
Knee Replacement Recovery
After surgery, you will begin a physical therapy routine designed to help you regain your strength, balance, and mobility. Most patients return directly home after surgery, while some go to a rehabilitation hospital for more physical therapy. As with other joint surgeries, patients must do hourly exercises to strengthen the joint and regain mobility. Patients strive to walk with a cane, or unassisted, within six weeks of surgery. Initial recovery takes about six to eight weeks, and then often continues for a full year.
Knee replacements may last your entire life. In some cases, however, people develop problems with their knee replacements. These problems can stem from various factors, including normal wear and tear, a fracture, an infection, or unexplained pain or stiffness. Knee revision surgery corrects these problems by replacing the damaged knee implant with a healthy new one.