Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center
Orthopedic Surgeons located in Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Knee surgery can relieve pain from arthritis, current injuries, and former injuries even if all other options have been unsuccessful. At Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center in Downtown Los Angeles, board-certified orthopaedic specialists Marc Samson, MD, Tae Shin, MD, and the team plan and individualize your knee surgery to make the necessary repairs and restore a range of motion to the joint. For more information about knee surgery and what it can do, call the office in Los Angeles, California, or request an appointment online today.
Knee Surgery Q&A
What is knee surgery?
Knee surgery is an invasive mode of treatment for conditions and injuries causing knee pain and immobility. The team at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center specializes in evaluating knee pain and treating it with surgery if other approaches do not provide relief.
There are many types of knee surgery, and the team plans your surgery with extra care and attention according to the diagnosis you get during the evaluation. They may use X-ray imaging, knee arthroscopy, or other diagnostic techniques for an in-depth view of the joint and a comprehensive understanding of the damage within.
For your knee surgery, the team either uses open surgery or arthroscopic knee surgery, according to your needs and the extent of the damage. Open knee surgery uses a single large incision, while knee arthroscopy limits incision size but uses several smaller openings. Arthroscopic surgery involves a lighted camera and nearby video feed for viewing.
When do I need knee surgery?
There are many injuries and degenerative conditions that may result in your need for knee surgery. Typically, the team at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center works with you through a noninvasive treatment plan before considering surgery. However, some forms of damage do need surgery sooner than others.
You might need knee surgery to:
- Remove connective tissue
- Treat an infection in the joint
- Repair a torn ligament
- Repair or remove a torn meniscus
- Trim damaged cartilage
- Remove loose bone or cartilage fragments
Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center offers robotic joint replacement surgery to perform knee replacement with extreme precision. During a knee replacement, the team at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center removes the damaged knee joint or a damaged part of it. They replace it with prosthetic parts made of metal and plastic that function as the joint or partial joint for the rest of your life.
What should I expect during recovery from knee surgery?
Arthroscopic knee surgery does not usually require a hospital stay as it is an outpatient procedure. If you get knee replacement surgery, you can expect to stay in the hospital for several days.
After knee replacement surgery, physical therapy starts the very next day.
The team talks to you beforehand about your pain relief options during the recovery period. You should use any prescribed pain medications precisely according to the instructions from the team at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center.
While the time it takes to make a full recovery from knee surgery varies based on the type of surgery, you may need to make other special considerations and changes like installing handrails in the bathroom or using a cane or walker for some time.
If you have a painful knee and have not found relief with non-surgical treatment, call Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center, or schedule online for a knee surgery consultation today.
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