Total Knee Replacement

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:

  • Pain
  • Decreased mobility
  • Restricted motion
  • Deformity
  • Limping

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

Total Joint Replacement Education Program is now Virtual

Traditionally held in person at the hospital once a month, Thompson Health’s monthly Total Joint Replacement Group Education Program is now available online.

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.

Nancy Buerman, clinical coordinator of physical therapy at Thompson Health, facilitates this program, which now involves a video presentation. To sign up, call her at (585) 396-6050.