A total knee replacement (TKR) is a surgical procedure performed by an orthopaedic surgeon in which a prosthetic (artificial) joint made of metal and plastic replaces the arthritic joint surfaces.
Individuals requiring joint replacements usually do so because of arthritic changes (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis) that interfere with their quality of life. These may result in:
- Decreased mobility
- Restricted motion
Most people are very satisfied with the results of a total knee replacement. The expected results include:
- Pain relief
- More mobility
- Improved range of motion
- Correction of deformity
- Improved quality of life as people are able to resume activities that they enjoy but had to stop because of a “bad” knee
Traditionally held in person at the hospital once a month, Thompson Health’s monthly Total Joint Replacement Group Education Program is now available here. The free program addresses questions about preparing for this elective surgery, covering topics such as getting your home ready, beginning an exercise program and more. Click here for our educational video.
Educational presentations and guides have been developed to assist those patients who will undergo total knee or total hip replacement surgery. These materials will give you an overview of what to expect during your joint replacement journey. Rest assured, however, that Thompson Health professionals will be there to guide you through the process step by step.
For more information, call (585) 396-6050.