Dr. Alejandro Gonzalez Della Valle, Orthopedic Surgeon, Answers Your Questions About Arthritis and Knee Replacement

December 7, 2011 at 10:06am

I was told that I have the early stages of arthritis in my left knee. Can you tell me what I can do to prevent it from getting worse? Arthritis generally progresses slowly. Weight control and non-impact exercises are the best ways to slow down the natural progression of symptoms.

 

I’m concerned about having a total knee replacement in my mid-40’s—can you explain what an osteotomy is? An osteotomy is a surgical procedure during which either the shin bone or the thigh bone is realigned. This results in a correction of a misaligned knee and shifts the load from the most arthritic part of the knee to an area that has minimal or no damage. This ultimately may result in a reduction of pain.  

 

I have “knock-knee” can you explain what causes this and what my treatment options are? There are many causes—some congenital and some acquired from arthritis or injury. Patients who have a knock knee deformity and severe arthritis can benefit from knee replacement surgery. Total knee replacement surgery may correct the deformity.   

 

What is the recovery and rehab like for a total knee replacement? Recovery varies between patients. Most people recover about three months after surgery. Sticking to your physical therapy plan and good postoperative pain control are paramount during the first six weeks after surgery.

 

Next week, Dr. S. Robert Rozbruch, Orthopedic Surgeon, will answer your questions about ankle distraction arthroplasty for ankle joint restoration. Post your questions to the wall or email socialmediacontact@hss.edu.