Total Knee Replacement
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During total knee replacement surgery, your damaged knee joint is replaced with an artificial joint (called a prosthesis). This surgery almost always reduces joint pain and improves your quality of life.
Before Your Surgery
The Surgical Procedure
When to Call Your Doctor
After Your Surgery
After surgery, you’ll be sent to the PACU (postanesthesia care unit). When you are fully awake, you’ll be moved to your room. The nurses will give you medications to ease your pain. You may have a catheter(small tube) in your bladder. A CPM (continuous passive motion) machine may be used on your knee to keep it from getting stiff. An SCM (sequential compression machine) may be used to prevent blood clots by gently squeezing then releasing your leg. Soon, healthcare providers will help you get up and moving.