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Knee Replacement

OasisMD Lifestyle Healthcare -  - Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgeon

OasisMD Lifestyle Healthcare

Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgeons, Plastic, Microvascular, & Hand Surgeons, and Surgical Oncology located in San Diego, CA, Temecula, CA, & Encinitas, CA

A surprising 4.7 million Americans live with an artificial knee joint, according to a 2010 Mayo Clinic orthopedics study. At OasisMD with three offices in Encinitas, San Diego, and Temecula, California, orthopedic surgeon Matthew J. Gargulinski, DO, provides knee replacement procedures and utilizes innovative and proven tools, techniques, and technology for the best possible surgical outcome. The safety and precision of knee replacement procedures are now better and more advanced than ever before. Book your personal consultation online or call OasisMD today.

Knee Replacement Q & A

What is a knee replacement?

A knee replacement is a surgical procedure specifically designed to relieve pain and restore functioning in knee joints that are severely diseased or damaged. Typically, a knee replacement is a last resort after other treatment methods have been unsuccessful.

With a knee replacement, Dr. Gargulinski carefully cuts away any damaged bone and cartilage from your kneecap, shinbone, and thigh bone and replaces it with a quality artificial prosthesis usually comprised of high-grade plastics, metal alloys, and polymers.

Knee replacement surgery involves anesthesia. To prevent infection, Dr. Gargulinski can administer an intravenous antibiotic. He might also use a nerve block to numb the area.

Why would I need a knee replacement?

A knee replacement offers myriad benefits and can restore your mobility and improve your daily functioning. 

The OasisMD medical team evaluates your medical history, current medical health, the range of motion of your knee, and the condition, stability, and strength of your knee. 

Dr. Gargulinski utilizes advanced imaging technology, such as X-rays and an MRI, to assess the damage and help you choose if a knee replacement is the right option.

Various surgical techniques and knee replacement options are now available. To decide what’s best, Dr. Gargulinski takes a number of factors into account, such as your weight, activity level, age, overall health, and the shape and size of your knee.

One of the most common reasons for a knee replacement surgery is to relieve pain from osteoarthritis. People who choose a knee replacement typically have difficulty walking and climbing stairs.

What can I expect after my knee replacement?

A knee replacement procedure typically takes approximately two hours or longer. After your procedure, you’re taken to a recovery room where you might have to stay for a couple of days. 

Fortunately, with modern advances, knee replacement procedures are now more effective and involve less downtime than ever before.

The recovery time for a partial knee replacement takes around six to eight weeks and a total knee arthroscopy (TKA) takes around 10 to 12 weeks. After your surgery, you can increase your activity level over time as your pain decreases. Using crutches or a walker can help you get used to your new artificial joint. 

Certain methods and techniques can be applied to boost your recovery, such as compression boots and blood thinners to protect against clotting and swelling, and physical therapy exercises to enhance strength and functioning. Most knee replacements can last 15 years or more.

Don’t just live with knee pain and complications when a knee replacement procedure could be pivotal in restoring your movement. Call OasisMD or click to schedule online.