Advances in Knee Replacements

This new design allows surgeons to preserve the important central ligaments of the knee called the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments. This design should allow a knee replacement to move, respond, and feel more like a normal knee.

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The Anterior Hip

Patients are being told by both surgeons and orthopedic implant companies that Anterior Hip Replacement approach offers something unique and different compared to other approaches. This is a flatly untrue, unscientifically supported myth...

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Outpatient Joint Replacement

With Outpatient Joint Replacement Surgery, patients are able to return home the same day as the procedure. Patients also begin physical therapy within hours of surgery.

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Pre and Post Knee Replacement in Portland, Oregon

Knee replacement surgery is most often recommended for patients unable to control pain symptoms with more conservative methods or complete necessary daily activities due to pain. Dr. Ballard specializes in knee replacement surgery and is dedicated to providing patients with the best care possible, including a full understanding of what to expect both before and after knee surgery. By understanding what to expect from and how to properly prepare for surgery, patients are often able to recover more quickly, safely, and with decreased pain.

What to Expect Before Knee Replacement Surgery

Prior to knee replacement surgery, patients will complete a variety of tests, including x-rays, an EKG, and blood tests. In addition, Dr. Ballard will often recommend joint strengthening exercises that patients can do before their surgery to prepare the joint for post-surgery rehabilitation.

Upon arriving at the hospital on the day of surgery, patients will be taken into the pre-op area, where an IV line will be started. In addition, Dr. Ballard will use a multi-faceted approach to treating post-operative pain, administering a combination of the following pain minimizing surgical techniques before and during surgery:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Anesthesia
  • Nerve blocks
  • Pain pump

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What to Expect After Knee Replacement Surgery

The day after surgery, patients will begin working with a physical therapist to become comfortable using their new knee. They will begin with very basic knee movements and walking with the assistance of a walker or crutches. Physical therapy is a critical component of every patient’s recovery, helping to restore joint strength and mobility safely. Patients will continue a physical therapy regimen for approximately six weeks after surgery.

The majority of knee replacement patients will be allowed to return home 2-to-3 days after surgery. Before leaving the hospital, patients will receive specific instructions regarding pain medications, physical therapy, precautions, and when to begin completing specific daily activities.

Upon returning home, patients will need to take precautions to prevent re-injury, including:

  • The use of walker or crutches
  • Avoid using stairs (if possible)
  • Avoid slick surfaces
  • Do not drive until cleared by Dr. Ballard
  • Strenuous activities
Most patients are able to return to their normal activities 6-to-8 weeks after surgery. Patients should avoid high-intensity sports, such as basketball or soccer, but can typically return to low-impact sports, such as golf and swimming.

Pre and Post Knee Replacement Surgery in Portland, Oregon

James C. Ballard, MD is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of knee pain, as well as total knee replacement. Dr. Ballard provides treatment to patients in the Portland, Oregon area. To learn more about what to expect before and after knee replacement surgery, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ballard, call his Oregon City office at (503) 656-0836.