Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee Replacement Surgery services offered in Burlingame, CA

If you’re tired of the pain associated with a worn-down or severely damaged knee joint, the specialists at Burlingame Orthopedics in Burlingame, California, can help. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Richard Han, MD, and his experienced team provide total and partial knee replacement surgery to restore strength and function in the affected joint while eliminating pain. Schedule a knee replacement evaluation at Burlingame Orthopedics by phone or request one online today.

Knee Replacement Surgery Q & A

What is knee replacement surgery?

Knee replacement surgery at Burlingame Orthopedics is a procedure to remove old or damaged parts of your knee joint, replacing them with artificial metal and plastic parts. Your knee joint consists of bones, ligaments, muscles, cartilage, and tendons. This surgery can make your knee joint function better and without pain.

Total knee replacement surgery replaces all of your knee joint; partial knee replacement replaces just some parts of the affected joint.

Who is a candidate for knee replacement surgery?

Candidates for knee replacement surgery struggle with knee pain due to sports injuries, age-related wear, overuse, and/or arthritic tissue deterioration.

To determine which treatment is best for you, the Burlingame Orthopedics team examines your knee joint, reviews your symptoms and medical history, checks your knee’s stability, range of motion, and strength, and orders X-rays or an imaging procedure. Your treatment plan depends on your activity level, weight, age, knee shape and size, and overall health. 

Burlingame Orthopedics also offers knee arthroscopy and many other knee surgeries.

How do I prepare for knee replacement surgery?

To prepare for knee replacement surgery, follow your surgeon’s directions. They could ask you to avoid taking certain dietary supplements or medications before surgery and not eat or drink anything the morning of the procedure. Make plans to have a family member or friend take you home and stay with you after your surgery.

What can I expect during surgery?

Before knee replacement surgery, you receive a regional or general anesthetic to numb the area or help you fall asleep. Your surgeon might also inject numbing medicine near nerves in your knee joint.

During the procedure (which takes 1-2 hours), your orthopedic specialist uses CT scan guidance to make an incision, remove damaged parts of your knee joint, insert replacement knee parts, and ensure proper fit and function. They close the incision and take you to a recovery area.

What happens after knee replacement surgery?

After knee replacement surgery, you’ll rest in the recovery room before a family member or friend takes you home. You typically go home soon after your surgery. Follow your instructions after surgery, including moving around, wearing compression garments, icing your knee, and taking medication as directed.

Complete physical therapy and gradually increase your activity level as instructed by your surgeon. Avoid high-impact activities and see your specialist for follow-up visits. Knee replacements often last 15-20 years.

Schedule a knee replacement surgery evaluation at Burlingame Orthopedics by phone or request one online today.