I came to see Dr. Bolick because of severe sciatic pain in my legs. My walking, already difficult and painful because of osteo-arthritis affecting my knees, had become so bad that I could not take any steps without using a walker. After diagnosis and several treatments which eased the symptoms, Dr. Bolick prescribed a series of treatments along with physical therapy. Although the ongoing treatments were effectively dealing with my sciatic problem, they were doing little to change the arthritis problem in my knees. However, the physical therapy sessions were making a difference. I began learning to do simple exercises designed to reduce knee swelling and pain and increase mobility. Although I have since been released from PT, I have continued doing the exercises at home and in the pool. I have reached out to a Knee Surgery Specialist for a consultation to make sure my knee is not deteriorating and to see if I need surgery. I am thankful for the physical therapy clinic and for the treatments and exercises I have learned.
Knee replacement surgery (arthroplasty) is a common operation that involves replacing a damaged, worn or diseased knee with an artificial joint. Adults of any age can be considered for a knee replacement, although most are carried out on people between the ages of 60 and 80.
Typically, knee replacement surgery patients are able to leave the hospital within 1 to 5 days (often 2 or 3), and they can take care of themselves and resume most activities 6 weeks after surgery. The majority of patients are 90% recovered after 3 months, though it can take 6 months or longer before they are 100% recovered.
Thanks, Dr. Bolick and staff.