Total Knee Replacement

Total Knee Replacement

Total knee replacement is a surgical procedure where the worn out surfaces of the knee are resurfaced with metal and plastic components. Over time, the cartilage that cushions the bones can wear away, cause pain and discomfort, and make simple pleasures like walking and shopping unbearable.

Knee replacement can reduce or eliminate pain, allow easier movement and get you back to normal life. Choosing the right facility is equally important. Alvarado is the only hospital in California to be recognized among America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery four years in a row (2014-2017) by Healthgrades.

Who is a candidate?

Knee replacement surgery may be considered for those suffering from arthritic knee pain that severely limits the activities of daily living. It is only recommended after careful examination and diagnosis of your particular joint problem, and only after more conservative measures, such as exercise, physical therapy and medications have proven ineffective.

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What kind of knee implant is best?knee replacement in San Diego

There are many kinds and designs of knee implants available today, and no one design or type is best for every patient. Surgeons select the implant they believe is best for their patient’s needs based on a number of factors including age, activity level, the implant’s track record, and his or her comfort with the instruments associated with the particular implant.

How long will I be in the hospital?

With improvements in surgical techniques and post-op care, it is now common for many patients to be able to go home from the hospital after two or three days. If you have both knees replaced at the same time, the stay can be a day or two longer. Of course, each patient is different, but the goal should be for you to recover in the comfort and privacy of your own home as soon as possible.

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How successful is knee replacement?

Total knee replacement is recognized as one of the most successful procedures in all of medicine. In the United States, over 600,000 knee replacements are performed each year, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. According to a recent study, most patients opting for a total knee replacement found improvement in pain, functional status and an overall quality of life ( Hamilton D, Henderson GR, Gaston P, et al. Comparative outcomes of total hip and knee arthroplasty: a prospective cohort study. Postgrad Med J 2012;88:627–31).

total knee replacement in San DiegoWhat are the risks?

Even though knee replacement surgery is considered a successful procedure, it is major surgery, and as with any surgery, there are risks. Your surgeon and healthcare team will take great care to minimize the risk of complications. Keep in mind that complications are relatively rare, but they need to be understood by you and your family. Your surgeon will be happy to answer any questions. For more information, click here.

Is it painful?

You will experience some discomfort after surgery, but be assured we will do everything we can to keep you as comfortable as possible. Pain after surgery varies from person to person and is not entirely predictable. However, modern medications and improved anesthetic techniques greatly enhance our ability to control pain and discomfort after surgery.

Will I need a blood transfusion?

Your surgical team will do everything possible to minimize bleeding, but some blood loss after joint replacement is unavoidable. Whether or not a blood transfusion is required will depend greatly on highly-individualized factors, including your condition prior to surgery, cardiac history, age, etc. Be sure to discuss these issues with your surgeon.

Why choose the Advanced Spine & Joint Institute at Alvarado Hospital?

Alvarado Hospital's new spine and joint program features the region's best surgeons and a brand-new patient unit with a healing design to enhance recovery, which reflects San Diego's beautiful landscapes and landmarks. Also, there are no hospital gowns for these patients! You wear comfortable clothes from home. Take a online video tour of our unit, which reflects San Diego's beautiful landscapes and landmarks. Learn how our program utilizes a vareity of strategies to achieve superior outcomes and long-term patient satisfaction. Click here to learn more.

Patients also can take comfort in the fact that Alvarado Hospital is nationally recognized for safety, clinical excellence and orthopedic surgery by Healthgrades:

Physician Referral

Advanced Spine Center at Alvarado HospitalAlvarado's Physician Referral Service can help you find an orthopedic specialist who meets your needs. To find an orthopedist affiliated with our program,click here or call (800) ALVARADO (800-258-2723). Our nurse navigator can also help you with information by calling (619) 229-4548 or by e-mail. Do not include personal health information in your e-mail.

Alvarado Advantage Club

Join the Advantage Club, which is free, and take advantage of a variety of perks, including priority parking, newspaper delivery with breakfast if hospitalized, member welcome gift, hotel discounts and much more! To register, click here.