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TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY

WHY HAVE KNEE SURGERY AT PHOENIX SPINE & JOINT?

We’re committed to solving your knee pain problems with the least invasive treatment possible.

PERSONALIZED SURGERY

We use the robot on every knee surgery, which means a personalized implant selection that results in a better outcome.

30-YEAR KNEE

We utilize the only implant that’s approved to last for 30 years.

LOW INFECTION RATE

No hospital stay means a much lower risk of infection.

FASTER RECOVERY

Partial knee replacements are half the surgery and recovery time of a total knee.

If you have disabling knee pain due to advanced arthritis that x-rays show is severe despite conservative measures then you are a good candidate for total knee replacement. With robotic assistance —and surgeons skilled in minimally invasive surgery— total knee replacement now has among the highest patient satisfaction of any orthopedic surgery. Shelly’s story is typical.

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Robotic assistance assures you are getting the best total joint replacement available today with a personalized surgical experience. For the Stryker robot the process begins by obtaining a high-definition CT scan of your knee. This will be uploaded so the robot’s computer can construct a 3D model of your knee. The model will be used to help select the implants which will give your knee the best possible range of motion once implanted. During surgery the robot also assists to give your surgeon superhuman accuracy while removing the diseased bone.

Preparing for minimally invasive, robotic assisted knee replacement Surgery at Phoenix Spine & Joint

Preparing for total knee replacement surgery is easy. Three months before surgery make sure you stop smoking and begin a well-balanced diet. Ten days before surgery be sure you have a plan for stopping any blood thinner with your primary care doctor or surgeon’s office. Prepare your home with 7 days cooking and cleaning done and ready before surgery. One of our nurses will call and review your medical fitness for surgery a couple days out. Be sure and ask them any questions you have about your home or medications on the day of the knee replacement. Stop eating and drinking at midnight before surgery. The operation is done under a spinal, but you will need a ride home after the procedure. Dr. Amy and Ashley will get you ready for surgery here:

Week 1 after Total Knee Replacement

Total knee replacement surgery is done under in our ambulatory surgery centers, so hospitalization is not required. By having your surgery in an ambulatory center, you avoid hospital errors, have a lower risk of infection with COVID-19 as well as in your new joint. The anesthesiologist typically performs a spinal anesthetic, which enables you to take your first steps within 90 minutes of the knee replacement surgery, and to actually walk out of the surgery center yourself. Walking right after surgery reduces to the point of eliminating the risk of developing blood clots in your legs which can be fatal if they go to your lungs. That means having ambulatory surgery is not only less painful, but it may also save your life.

The recovery after minimally invasive total knee replacement in much shorter than for the traditional surgery. While every patient is given a walker when they leave the surgery center, most no longer use them to assist in walking 1-2 days after their minimally invasive robotic assisted knee replacement surgery. Home exercises shown in a video series by our own
Dr. Amy and Ashley direct you to in how to exercise and increase your activity after surgery to ensure the best result possible. Most patients are ready to return to light duty work 1-3 weeks after knee replacement, moderate duty 3-6 weeks later, and heavy duty after 12 weeks.

Once fully recovered from minimally invasive robotic-assisted knee replacement patients are extremely satisfied and have no permanent restrictions.

 

Our surgeons who perform total knee replacement surgery by center are:

Doctors Goodyear Gilbert Scottsdale
Nathan Moore, DO
Dan Mullen, MD
Dan Galat, MD