4 things to know about recovering from knee replacement surgery

If you are considering a total knee replacement, join the crowd. Joint replacement surgeries are among the most common elective surgeries.
About 680,000 total knee replacements were done in 2014, and the number is expected to almost double by 2030, according to a recent study presented to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Knee replacement surgery may be in order when pain, often due to osteoarthritis, becomes too much to live with. Surgeons cut away damaged cartilage and bone, and replace it with implants made of metal alloys and highly cross-linked polyethylene.
“After total knee replacement surgery, the vast majority of patients achieve excellent functional results,” said Dr. Jacob Conjeski, a joint reconstruction specialist for Mountainstate Orthopedic Associates. “But the recovery process takes time and differs patient to patient.”
Dr. Conjeski addressed common concerns about recovering from knee replacement:

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