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Knee Replacement – Visit with Orthopedic Surgeon

Your surgeon will explain the results of your exam, x-rays, and diagnostic tests. He will tell you why surgery is recommended. He will explain the surgical procedure and the outcome you can expect. He will tell you about the risks of having or not having the surgery, the benefits of having the surgery, and the options available to you instead of surgery. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about anything you don’t understand. The more you know, the more confident you will be about doing your part in your treatment and recovery.

Your surgeon will ask you to sign a surgical consent form. This form is a legal paper that says your surgeon has told you about your surgery and any risks you will be taking by having the surgery. By signing this form, you are saying that you understand the risks and agree to have the surgery. Ask your surgeon about any concerns you have before you sign this form.

Talking With Your Surgeon

You probably want to know as much as you can about your surgery and recovery. The following are questions you can ask your surgeon. You may have others. Try to get all of your questions answered during your office visit so you understand everything clearly before surgery.

  • How soon should I have surgery?
  • Will I need a blood transfusion? If so, how many units? Can I donate my own blood?
  • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • How much pain should I expect right after surgery and how will it be controlled?
  • What will the scar look like? (See image below of incision.)
  • What are the possible complications of surgery and recovery, and how likely are they to happen to me?
  • What will I be able to do or not do during recovery?
  • What are the limitations of my new knee joint?
  • How long should my new knee last?

If you think of other questions later, write them down and call your surgeon’s office.

Knee replacement incision closed with staples

Knee replacement incision closed with staples

Total Knee Replacement

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  1. Megan Croswell says

    About 1 yr ago I had a miniscus tear it was in the White area so I could not bare weight for 8 weeks. After sometime I had relief and then four months ago I was moving a couple of pot plants and when I stood up I was in severe pain I contacted my surgeon and had an MRI , I had completely torn my miniscus and have arthritis. So 6 weeks ago I had a miniscus removal cartridge clean up and I’m in really bad pain, it’s waking me at night after an hour I usually have to ice as it’s super swollen. When I wake up it seems to settle a little and then I’m in pain and can’t put weight on it I’m in more pain now than ever before was just wanting some advice please. Kind regards Megan Croswell

  2. Brenda Davis says

    I had surgery on my left knee in 2006 to repair acl i walked about 3 miles a day . now i can barely walk so i ve gained weight which doent help my knee at all .im sue there is some serious damage in my knee the inside of my knee feels like something is stabing me constantly . and about 3 days ago i had to start dragging it i cant put weight on it . i told my dr he said it was probably my back becaue i have had back surgery to well its worse and all the meds arent working to mask the pain anymore please help me

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