For patients that have experienced severe arthritis or serious injuries of the knee, at Mellano Orthopedics in Orange County total knee replacement may be just what is needed to resume a more active life. Knee replacement is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that replaces a damaged knee joint with artificial material. With total knee replacements, patients can finally have the freedom to enjoy improved mobility and the more active lifestyle that comes along with it.
The knee hinge joint is responsible for bearing weight when standing, as well as allowing everyday motions such as bending, squatting, and turning the leg. The thigh bone (femur) meets the largest bone in the lower leg (tibia) at the knee. In cases of late-stage arthritis and major knee injuries, the structures within the knee joint can become irreparably damaged.
Most often, patients that come in for knee replacement have arthritis of the knee that is causing prolonged pain and unnecessary suffering. Overworked knee joints, getting older, obesity, and certain medical conditions and sports injuries can make knee arthritis worse.
Arthritis is a progressive disease that is best treated in the early stages. When the knee fails to respond to alternative therapy or the arthritis is left untreated, causing serious damage to the knee over a long period of time, it may be time to consider visiting our Orange County orthopedics office. We strive to provide you with the best total knee replacement surgery Orange County has to offer, so call today.
Older methods of knee replacement surgery involved larger incisions and the potential for an overnight hospital stay. The traditional approach to knee arthroscopy placed a long vertical incision along the center of the knee in order for the surgeon to see inside the joint.
Orange County orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Chris Mellano, specializes in same-day total knee replacements using an arthroscopic surgery techniques camera that makes knee replacement scars smaller and less visible. Instead of incisions that can be up to 10 inches long, the newer surgical method produces scars that are just 4 to 6 inches in length. This minimally invasive procedure allows the patient to return home from the ambulatory surgery center (not a hospital) the very same day that the procedure takes place. Meanwhile, older types of knee replacements meant as long as 1 to 4 days in a hospital. Now, patients can enjoy a safer and far more comfortable recovery from home starting from Day 1.
While most patients are eligible for the procedure, there are some exceptions that may require a slightly more invasive surgical approach using more traditional surgical methods.
Patients with significant knee deformity, bodybuilders, and people with certain medical conditions that may delay wound healing may not qualify for least-invasive surgery.
As a top knee replacement surgeon in Orange County, Dr. Mellano conducts the procedure with the hands of a decade-long experienced surgeon backed by fellowship training and board certification as an orthopedic surgeon.
Total knee replacement recovery time can involve some time off from everyday tasks such as driving and household chores. An outpatient partial knee replacement, which is generally limited to younger patients with less significant damage to the structures of the knee, tends to have a faster recovery as less of the knee is operated on.
Most patients can begin to care for themselves and resume most normal activities just 6 weeks after knee replacement surgery. Driving after knee replacement surgery may resume in just 3 to 6 weeks’ time. Full use of the knee joint happens at about 4 to 6 months after surgery, although a complete recovery is expected at 1 year for patients with the most severe knee problems. Age, health, and individual differences in healing are also factors that play a role in knee replacement downtime. In Dr. Mellano’s minimally invasive knee replacement method, the surgeon makes a shorter incision and uses a least-invasive technique to expose the knee joint — often relying on an arthroscopic surgical camera and quadricep-sparing methods — with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing pain after knee replacement surgery as it heals.
Dr. Mellano is pleased to serve patients across the region and beyond so they can become more mobile and live without severe knee pain. Call now to schedule an appointment to see if you are a good candidate for partial or total knee replacement or alternative therapies.
Dr. Mellano’s mission is to give his Orange County patients the freedom to keep doing the activities they love. If you are struggling with joint pain, arthritis, lack of mobility, or joint inflammation, contact Dr. Mellano for a consultation so he can help you get moving again.
8700 Warner Ave Suite 140
Fountain Valley, CA 92708