How Knee Surgery Can Help You Reclaim Your Life This Year
Whether it’s taking a stroll on the beach at your dream vacation spot or walking your daughter down the aisle, your knees help carry you through some of the best moments of your life. Those same knees can slowly shrink your world when aches and pains start to settle in. Surgery can help get your body and life back.
Knee surgery is a medical procedure that involves repairing or replacing damaged parts of the knee joint, such as ligaments, cartilage, or bones. It's typically recommended for patients who are experiencing chronic knee pain or have sustained an injury that has affected the function of their knee joint. The purpose of knee surgery is to restore mobility and alleviate pain, allowing patients to return to their normal activities.
Who is a candidate for knee surgery?
Generally, people who may be candidates for knee surgery are those who have chronic knee pain that interferes with their daily activities, such as walking, standing, or climbing stairs. Other factors that may indicate a need for knee surgery include:
- Severe osteoarthritis that doesn't respond to conservative treatments
- A torn meniscus, which is a type of cartilage in the knee
- A ligament injury, such as an ACL tear
- A bone fracture near the knee
- Chronic knee pain that persists despite conservative treatments, such as physical therapy or medication
When should I talk to my doctor about knee pain?
If you're experiencing any of the following symptoms, it may be time to consult with your physician about your knee pain:
- Persistent knee pain that interferes with your daily activities
- Knee pain that wakes you up at night
- Pain that limits your range of motion
- Swelling or stiffness in the knee joint
- Popping or grinding sounds when you move your knee
- Difficulty walking, standing, or climbing stairs
If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, your doctor may recommend further testing to determine the cause of your knee pain and the best course of treatment.
What should I expect before, during, and after knee surgery?
Before the surgery, your doctor will likely conduct a thorough medical examination and ask you about your symptoms and medical history. You'll also need to avoid certain medications or supplements that may increase the risk of bleeding during surgery.
During the surgery, you'll be sedated, so you won't feel any pain during the procedure. The surgery typically takes 1-2 hours, depending on the type of surgery and the extent of the damage.
After the surgery, you'll be monitored closely by the medical team and given pain medication to help manage any discomfort. You'll also be instructed on how to properly care for your knee and how to begin physical therapy to help regain strength and mobility.
I need knee surgery, how much will it cost?
Cost shouldn’t stand in the way of getting the care you need to fully live your life. Nomi Health members can have access to knee surgery for zero dollars. To see if you qualify, contact our Care Guides by calling 855-601-1900 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.