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Orthopedic Surgery Knee Replacement FAQs

What Causes Knee Pain?

The causes of knee pain can vary from an injury to ligaments and cartilage to medical conditions such as osteoarthritis. When a patient has severe, chronic knee pain and damage to the joint, knee replacement surgery can provide relief and help restore function. Usually, knee replacement is recommended when medication and physical therapy are no longer providing pain relief or regaining mobility.

How Does Knee Replacement Surgery Work?

Knee replacement surgery involves taking out the damaged portions of the knee, such as cartilage and bone, and replacing them with metal or plastic. When only some of the knee is affected, a partial knee replacement will be done, which involves removing the diseased bone while saving the bone that is healthy. Since this involves less bone and tissue to be removed, this often leads to faster recovery time and better range of motion following surgery. More often, a total knee replacement is necessary when most or all of the knee joint is damaged, and all parts of the bone and soft tissue will be removed.

What Technology is used?

Our orthopedic care team is well known for their expertise in joint replacement surgery, including total and partial knee replacement. At White Plains Hospital, our orthopedic surgeons have access to state-of-the-art methods including the Mako® arthroplasty system, a robotic surgery technique that allows for precise and individualized care. The Mako system ensures precision in the removal of diseased bone and cartilage while preserving healthy tissue. This technique is minimally invasive and allows patients to return to their lives as quickly as possible.

How long does it take to recover from Knee replacement surgery?

Recovery from knee surgery typically takes three to six weeks. Recovery involves physical therapy to learn how to exercise the healing joint and increase mobility. Recovery time is different for each patient and may vary depending on the extent of the damage to the joint.

Why Should I choose White Plains Hospital for my knee replacement surgery?

When you choose White Plains Hospital for your orthopedic care, specifically for knee pain, our team will assess your knee’s range of motion, strength and stability, as well as take images of the knee to determine the severity of the joint damage. Based on the assessment, a personalized care plan will be developed to choose the least invasive means for providing pain relief. Hear from one of our patients, Neal, whose knee pain was interfering with his martial arts practices. After the White Plains Hospital orthopedic care team performed his knee replacement, Neal was back to teaching martial arts and living a pain-free life again.


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