Knee Replacement Surgery Information for Patients and Their Families

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If your doctor suggests knee surgery as a treatment for your injury or arthritis of the knee, you may feel a little scared and unsure about what’s likely to happen to you. Relax. Getting the right information and knowing the options can help you approach your impending treatment in a calm, unstressed state of mind.

By scheduling an appointment with this highly-qualified and board-certified orthopedic surgeon, you will be able to gather specific information about:

Various Knee Surgeries, Less Invasive Knee Surgery, and Alternatives

There are three major types of knee surgery: arthroscopic, partial knee replacement, and total knee replacement. Your doctor will advise you as to which surgery is right for your situation. Learn More About Knee Surgery.

Knee Anatomy and Function – How Your Knee Works

The largest joint in the body, the knee is also one of the most complex. The knee may be described as a modified hinge joint, similar to the hinge on a door.  Learn More Knee Anatomy.

How Long Will My Knee Last?

While scientific literature indicates knee replacements should be expected to last 10 to 15 years before wear becomes an issue, we’ve always thought we could do better. Learn How Long Your Knee Replacement Will Last.

What Doctors Are Available In Munster, IN?

Dr. Joseph Hecht, orthopedic surgeon with Orthopaedic Specialists of Northwest Indiana (OSNI) can help you Rediscover Your Go with The LEGION◊ Knee with VERILAST◊ Technology.

To Call and Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Joseph Hecht, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Please call:1-219.924.3300.

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VERILAST Knee Technology is exclusive to medical device maker Smith & Nephew –”and not every surgeon has been trained to use Smith & Nephew knee implants. I have received that training and look forward to discussing the VERILAST◊ Technology option with you.” –  Dr. Joseph Hecht – OSNI.

Important Testing Note:

The results of laboratory wear simulation testing have not been proven to predict actual joint durability and performance in people. A reduction in wear alone may not result in improved joint durability and performance because other factors, such as bone structure, can affect joint durability and performance and cause medical conditions that may result in the need for additional surgery. These other factors were not studied as part of the testing.

Important Notes:

Knee replacement surgery is intended to relieve knee pain and improve knee functions. There are potential risks with knee replacement surgery such as loosening, fracture, dislocation, wear and infection that may result in the need for additional surgery. Do not perform high impact activities such as running and jumping unless your surgeon tells you the bone has healed and these activities are acceptable. Early device failure, breakage or loosening may occur if you do not follow your surgeon’s limitations on activity level. Early failure can happen if you do not guard your knee joint from overloading due to activity level, failure to control body weight or accidents such as falls. Talk to your doctor to determine what treatment may be best for you.

The information listed on this site is common guidance and is not meant as medical advice. Every patient’s case is unique and each patient should follow his or her doctor’s specific instructions. Please discuss nutrition, medication and treatment options with your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation.