Knee Replacement Surgery at Middlesex Hospital
Sometimes you never see it coming – that regrettable instant on the ball field, basketball or tennis court, a bicycle or automobile accident, a misstep while hiking, or a fall. For others, it’s a long time coming . . . years of knee pain and discomfort from an injury or arthritis. You may have trouble getting up when you’ve been kneeling, difficulty negotiating stairs, and pain getting in and out of cars. Participating in sports – or even walking – are no longer simple or painless options.
The bad news is your knee – or knees – have deteriorated. The good news is you don’t have to live with that pain and limited mobility, thanks to the expert orthopedic surgical team at Middlesex Hospital’s Center for Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery. We feature advanced technology, state-of-the-art prosthetics, and experienced caregivers who support you and your family from pre-surgery to home care and rehabilitation.
Today, the greatest percentage of patients receiving total knee replacement surgery are under 50 years old, and many of them are women. New technology even includes customized, gender-specific prosthetics. Through coordinated care and customized rehabilitation, patients are up on their feet quickly and safely earlier than ever before, with smaller scars and fewer post-surgical complications.
About Knee Replacement Surgery
Knee replacement surgery involves the removal of the heads of the thigh bone (femur) and the leg bone (tibia). Both ends of the bones are reshaped to accept customized fittings. The new fittings are put in place and a small plastic liner is inserted between the metal pieces to keep the joint moving smoothly. A knee cap liner is then inserted to prevent any friction on the new joint.
The Middlesex joint replacement surgical team will meet with you to explain every aspect of what’s to come, help you prepare for surgery and post-surgical care, and then help you during your recovery. Following surgery you’re back on your feet quickly, and through the personalized guidance of our Joint Replacement Nurse Navigator, transitional care and comprehensive rehabilitation, you can return to a far more normal quality of life.
For more information on knee replacement surgery at Middlesex Hospital, contact our Nurse Navigator at 860-358-8580.
The NAVIO® Surgical System for Knee Replacement
The latest breakthrough in robotic knee replacement technology, the NAVIO® Surgical System helps us customize your procedure to your body for better results and a faster recovery. This handheld robotic device allows our surgeons to perform partial and total knee replacement procedures with better pre-surgical planning and greater accuracy than ever-without exposing you to any extra CT scans or MRIs. Patients undergoing knee replacements using the NAVIO® Surgical System may see several benefits over traditional surgery, including:
- Smaller incisions
- Less scarring
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster recovery
- Better long-term outcomes from surgery
- Longer lasting prosthetic implants
- Less exposure to radiation from CT scans