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Knee Replacement Specialist

Nature Coast Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Clinic

Orthopaedic Surgeon located in Beverly Hills, FL

Dr. Walter I. Choung MD is an orthopaedic surgeon who works with Beverly Hills, FL and Citrus County patients. He helps patients pain causing conditions like arthritis and performs surgeries including knee replacement surgery.

Knee Replacement Q & A

What Happens During Knee Replacement Surgery?

The surgeon will create an incision at the very top of the knee area. This allows for the exposure of the damaged joint. The incision can range from around 4 to 10 inches in length. The surgeon will then remove the damaged joint so that it can be replaced with custom new components made of metal and plastic. These components are fully biocompatible and will work just like the natural knee did before it was damaged. The kneecap is then moved back into position, and the surgeon will stitch the incision closed.

How Long do Knee Replacements Last?

While it can vary from one patient to the next, the vast majority of knee replacement patients still have fully functioning knees at 10 to 15 years after their surgery. Because knee replacement surgery techniques are progressing and growing ever more sophisticated, the odds are good that replacement knees may last far beyond that in the future.

What Type of Pain Relief is Helpful For Knee Replacement Patients?

Pain can be greatly alleviated with the use of ice packs after surgery. The doctor will typically also prescribe pain medication to be used as necessary. This medicine is usually only needed for a week or less, after which time the patient can transition over to non-prescription medication. However, each person is unique, and the doctor can customize a plan for pain relief according to your personal needs.

How Long is the Recovery Process After Knee Replacement?

This is unique to each patient. However, most people have achieved a full recovery after around three months. The majority of people will need to use crutches or a walker for approximately two weeks to one month, post surgery. After that, patients transition to a cane and then to walking without any assistive devices.