For knee surgery, if the joint is simple cartilage damage then arthroscopic surgery to remove the damaged tissue can be done, with recovery being only two weeks and surgery being completely outpatient. For older people with severe osteoarthritis, knee replacement surgery may have to occur. This is where the knee is replaced with a metal implant. This surgery is usually invasive and requires a hospital stay due to the fact that more non-invasive methods are not widely available. The average recuperation time for this procedure is six weeks, with intensive rehab occurring within the first week following surgery.
Northtowns Orthopedics, P.C. is pleased to provide the following information about knee conditions for your continuing education: