Igor Rubinshteyn, MD
Orthopedic Surgery located in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, NY
Modern total knee replacement surgeries can successfully relieve pain and restore most (or all) of your knee function. At the practice of Igor Rubinshteyn, MD, in Brooklyn and Rego Park, New York, Dr. Rubinshteyn and Alexander Gimpelevich, DO, thoroughly evaluate you to ensure a total knee replacement is the best possible option. You can feel confident that your surgery is going to be entirely effective. Schedule your consultation by clicking on the online scheduler or by calling the office nearest you.
Total Knee Replacement Q & A
Why do I need a total knee replacement?
A total knee replacement is usually the last resort if you have severe pain and stiffness or if you have a serious injury that just isn’t healing properly. You might need a total knee replacement if:
- Walking is becoming difficult
- Resting doesn’t relieve knee pain
- Your knee is always swollen
- Your knee has serious defects, like bowing
- Physical therapy and conservative therapies haven’t provided relief
In some cases, a total knee replacement is essential if you experienced trauma and have major damage to your knee joint.
What happens during a total knee replacement procedure?
As a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Rubinshteyn has extensive training in the latest and most modern surgical procedures. He can perform most total knee replacement surgeries using minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques.
A total knee replacement surgery is performed in a hospital while you’re under general anesthesia. Dr. Rubinshteyn makes a few small incisions to access your knee joint and:
- Remove damaged bone and cartilage
- Insert the prosthetic device
- Cement or press the prosthetic joint into place
Because arthroscopic total knee replacements involve much less cutting and manipulation of soft tissues, your recovery is often quicker as compared to traditional open surgeries.
How long is the recovery after a total knee replacement?
Generally, Dr. Rubinshteyn wants you to stay in the hospital for observation for at least a day or two, although it depends on your overall health and your specific procedure. It’s common to experience pain relief in your knee joint almost immediately after surgery.
You’re probably going to start physical therapy the day after surgery, to help speed up your healing and restore full knee function as quickly as possible. Depending on your overall health, you might stay in inpatient rehabilitative treatment for a week, or you could be released to go home where you can go through outpatient rehabilitation sessions several times per week.
You should be able to move around freely, or possibly with a cane or walker, within four to six weeks of your total knee replacement surgery. It can take up to three months to have a full recovery, although Dr. Rubinshteyn can let you know about your projected outcome during your surgery consultation.
Book your total knee replacement evaluation at the office of Igor Rubinshteyn, MD, today. Schedule online or over the phone.