Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average age of a TKA patient?

Our research indicates an age of 64-65 as the average age.

How long will the prosthesis last?

Research says 90–95 % last 12–15 years or more. Our goal is to give you a knee that will last the rest of your life.

Do you do partial TKA?

We do offer partial TKA only if it is the patellofemoral (kneecap) that needs resurfacing. The doctor will review your X-rays and decide whether this may be an option.

What happens to the kneecap in a TKA?

The decision regarding surgery on the patella is made at the time of surgery. The kneecap is examined to look for areas of full thickness wear. If this is noted the patella is resurfaced with a patella button. If no wear is noted, the patella is left alone.

How long before I can drive?

There are several factors that we look at to allow a patient to return to driving. A patient must be off narcotic pain medication, have adequate range of motion and have adequate leg control to manipulate the pedals in the car. On average, that is 3-4 weeks following surgery.

How long will I go to physical therapy post-surgery?

Our focus with therapy is to educate ad empower you to do your home exercise program. In the first three months post-surgery, we will see you in the office for therapy for a total of (5) visits: 1 week post op, 2 weeks post op, 1 month post op, and 3 months post op. Additional visits may be done at 6 months, 9 months, and 1 year post op. However, this schedule may be adjusted based on your needs and progress.

What other equipment might I need to get prior to surgery?

You may consider getting a foam bolster, stretch strap, Ideal Knee or Ideal Stretch for stretching activities. Ankle weights or theraband may help with strengthening. A bike or elliptical machine can help with low impact conditioning. A gym membership or use of Silver Sneakers may also be beneficial.

Where will I go after I get out of the hospital?

Most patients return home following surgery. However, we understand not everyone may have a caregiver available to provide the necessary post-operative care. In these circumstances, a short rehab facility stay may be necessary.

How long will I be in the hospital?

While hospital stays can vary in length, the average patient spends one evening in the hospital post-surgery. You will begin physical therapy while there and be instructed on various exercises to perform at home.

Will I need a caregiver after surgery? If so, for how long?

Yes, you will need a caregiver on the day of surgery, while you are in the hospital and after surgery for at least one week. The caregiver will learn how to help you exercise your knee and help with the cryo-cuff in addition to helping with meals. You will also need someone to drive you to your one-week and two-week post-surgery therapy and doctor visits.

What activities can I do after TKA surgery?

By three months after surgery, many patients have returned to daily activities and low-level exercise. You will eventually be able to participate in a broad range of activities following TKA surgery. However, high impact sports and long-distance running are not recommended.