Knee surgery is sometimes unavoidable if you have a complex injury or severe degeneration from arthritis. Texas Orthopaedic Associates is home to some of North Texas’ leading orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in knee surgery. With offices in Dallas, Plano, Weatherford, Keller, and Fort Worth, Texas, you have a convenient clinic nearby to schedule a knee surgery evaluation. Book your exam online or call your nearest office directly.
KNEE SURGERY Q&A
Why do I need knee surgery?
Knee surgery can be essential for two primary reasons. First, your orthopaedic surgeon may not be able to clearly diagnose you based on your imaging alone. Sometimes the complex matrix behind soft tissues doesn’t show up well enough on X-rays, ultrasounds, or MRIs.
If this happens, your practitioner may recommend a diagnostic knee surgery to be able to physically go in and look at the inner workings of your knee. Usually, this is performed arthroscopically.
Second, knee surgery is needed to repair tissues if your body just isn’t responding to conservative therapies, such as physical therapy, or if you have a severe fracture or tissue tear. In some cases, during diagnostic knee surgery, your orthopaedic surgeon can make minor repairs at the same time.
What happens during knee surgery?
The team at Texas Orthopaedic Associates, entirely personalizes your knee surgery to your specific condition and overall health. Depending on your needs, during knee surgery, your orthopaedic surgeon may:
- Graft tissues
- Drain fluid buildup
- Resurface or replace joints
- Remove tissues damaged by arthritis
- Place rods or screws to stabilize fractured bones
- Repair torn or ruptured connective tissues
The highly skilled knee surgeons at Texas Orthopaedic Associates, specialize in minimally invasive surgical techniques, including arthroscopy, for almost all types of knee procedures.
How long is the recovery after knee surgery?
Recovering from knee surgery takes some time. After all, you naturally bear weight on your knees with each step you take. In many cases, your dedicated orthopaedic surgeon at Texas Orthopaedic Associates, wants you to start performing passive exercises — often with a physical therapist — within a few days of surgery to help restore range of motion and promote healing.
You should be able to start walking around with crutches after several days and gradually progress to bearing weight on the affected knee within a few weeks. It can take up to 4-8 weeks to be able to walk around without an assistive device, like a cane. By 3-6 months after your knee surgery, you should be completely healed and back to 100% — or close to it.
Schedule your knee surgery consultation at Texas Orthopaedic Associates, today. Book online or over the phone.