A knee replacement (also called knee arthroplasty) might be more accurately termed a knee “resurfacing” because only the surface of the bones are actually replaced. This provides a smooth and low friction condition in which pain and stiffness is relieved and function is restored.
The team uses a special care plan specifically for joint-replacement patients. Every aspect of a patient’s care from pre-admission and surgery to inpatient recovery and outpatient rehabilitation is carefully planned and coordinated to ensure the best patient outcomes. Education and preparation before surgery will help set expectations and prepare for a smooth discharge and back to a normal routine.
During treatment, you may have many providers working to help you get better. Our navigators will coordinate your care beginning with diagnosis through treatment and recovery. We create a comprehensive treatment plan personalized and based on your health and wellness needs.
Continuum of care
Jefferson Healthcare provides a complete continuum of care including pre-surgery classes to guide and prepare the patient for surgery, pre-operative exercise classes and post-surgery rehabilitation to facilitate improved function. Patients are typically in the hospital for two nights before returning home. When a little extra reoperation time is required the Rehab Unit (Swing Bed) focuses on building strength for a safe return home.
Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm
Medical Center, Orthopedic Clinic, 2nd floor ESSB
Kirsten Golden, clinic manager 360.385.2200 ext. 3688
Port Ludlow Tuesday mornings (Varies depending on call and surgery schedules)
About the knee joint
The knee as the largest join in the body is required to perform most joint activities.
The knee is made up of the lower end of the thighbone (femur), the upper end of the shinbone (tibia) and the kneecap (patella). The ends of these three bones where they touch are covered with articular cartilage, a smooth substance that protects the bones and enables them to move easily.
Common reasons for a replacement
The most common cause of chronic knee pain and disability is arthritis. Although there are many types of arthritis, most knew pain is caused by just three types: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and post traumatic arthritis.
Symptoms may include:
- Stiffness, particularly in the morning or after a period of increased activity
- Inability to more a joint normally or walk a reasonable distance
- Recurring pain or tenderness
- Difficulties with activities of daily living that require bending your knee or squatting
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