At Augusta Orthopedic Surgery, you’ll receive complete care and treatment for patients undergoing total knee replacement surgery. Our programs are known throughout the Shenandoah Valley and the state.
Our doctors operate from the Augusta Health Joint Center in Fishersville, VA. Our team of physicians, nurses, and therapists work closely with you to help provide a successful stay while you recover from a total knee replacement surgery.
The Augusta Health Joint Center is committed solely to orthopedic surgery, making it Augusta County's choice for exceptional joint replacement surgery and orthopedic care. The AH Joint Center has earned the hospital a reputation for excellence in orthopedic surgery across the nation.
Your knee has are several layers of smooth cartilage on the lower end of the femur (thigh bone), the upper end of the tibia (shin bone), and the underside of the patella (kneecap). The cartilage is a cushion that allows for smooth movement of the knee.
When the cartilage wears out and the bone rubs against bone, you experience discomfort, swelling, and stiffness. Your surgeons may treat this discomfort and swelling with medication, injections, and physical therapy. Your surgeons may eventually offer to perform a total knee replacement surgery, depending on the extent to which your knee has been affected.
During a total knee replacement surgery, the cartilage in the knee is replaced with an artificial surface. Knee replacement implants include a metal alloy used on the end of the femur and the top of the tibia, with a plastic spacer in between.
The cartilage on the back of the kneecap may also be replaced if necessary. A knee replacement surgery helps create a smoothly functioning joint, which will help prevent painful bone-on-bone contact in the knee.
Total knee replacement offers renewed stability, eliminates pain, and minimizes wear and tear on your knee joints. Several factors can affect the results for each patient, including the quality of surrounding tissue, the severity of arthritis, activity level, and adherence to the doctor’s orders. Your surgeon can help you understand the factors that apply to you.
Your doctors from Augusta Orthopedic Surgery take necessary precautions to prevent possible risks during surgery. The majority of knee replacement surgeries are free of complications.
The most common concerns among patients are infections and blood clots. To avoid these complications, you’ll receive antibiotics and blood thinners. We take every precaution in the operating room to reduce your risk for infection.
General anesthesia is also used during most total knee replacement surgeries, although different types of spinal anesthesia may also be an option. Your anesthesia provider will discuss this with you before your operation.
The anesthetist may also perform one or more types of nerve blocks in your operative leg. This will block the sensation in your leg, which helps to control your discomfort in the hours immediately following operation. The length of time the block lasts varies from person to person. It’s not unusual for your leg to feel numb due to the nerve block for several hours after surgery.