If you regularly experience knee pain and it interferes with your ability to exercise, work, or perform other routine tasks, consider a knee replacement. At Denver Metro Orthopedics, P.C., John Schwappach, MD, specializes in minimally invasive techniques like MAKO robotic knee replacement. To make an appointment at the practice in Englewood, Centennial, Lone Tree, or Aurora, Colorado, call the nearest office to speak with a team member or book online today.
Knee replacement is an orthopedic procedure that replaces a damaged or diseased knee joint with an artificial prosthetic. The prosthetic is made of materials like metal alloy, polymer, or plastic and mimics your knee joints’ strength and capabilities.
At Denver Metro Orthopedics, P.C., the doctors usually recommend knee replacement to people with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. Whenever possible, they prescribe minimally invasive treatments first, like losing weight or physical therapy, but if these measures don’t provide relief, surgery may be necessary.
Before recommending knee replacement, Dr. Thon and Dr. Schwappach consider several factors, including:
Following an in-office consultation, a review of your medical history, and a discussion of your symptoms, they can make recommendations that align with your needs.
At Denver Metro Orthopedics, P.C., the doctors offer Mako robotic knee replacement. This advanced procedure uses The Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System, allowing for smaller incisions, less downtime, and a quicker recovery.
Before surgery, your provider takes a CT scan of your knee joint. They upload your scan to a computer-aided design program and use it to determine the optimal size, placement, and alignment of the implant. After finalizing a design, they schedule a surgery date.
On the day of your operation, you’re placed under general anesthesia. Your surgeon guides Mako’s robotic arm by using a computer control panel and removes the damaged bone and cartilage from your knee.
Next, they replace the damaged portion of your joint with a prosthetic and use the Mako system to stitch the incision back up.
Following surgery, you’re moved to an observation room, and the recovery process begins.
After knee replacement, you stay in the hospital for a day or two. Following surgery, it’s normal to experience swelling, stiffness, and pain. Take your medications as prescribed and follow your surgeon’s recovery instructions carefully.
The length of time you stay in the hospital depends on your age, medical history, and your body’s recovery process. Most people begin physical therapy within a day or two of the operation. To ensure optimal recovery, be patient and attend each checkup.
To see if you’re a candidate for knee replacement, make an appointment at Denver Metro Orthopedics, P.C. by calling the nearest office to speak with a team member or using the online booking tool.