Chronic knee pain can significantly hinder your daily activities, making simple tasks like walking up a hill or playing with your pet daunting. With over 600,000 knee replacement surgeries performed annually in the U.S., the demand and success of these procedures underscore their significance in addressing chronic knee pain​​. 

Joseph W. Greene, M.D., a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon at the Louisville Hip & Knee Institute, emphasizes the importance of a tailored approach in treating patients like Vickie, ensuring they receive the most appropriate care. 

Vickie’s story is about overcoming the physical hurdles of knee pain and navigating the complexities of surgical options and recovery paths, guided by expert care and comprehensive data. Here are some valuable insights into the challenges and considerations of care for knee replacement surgery. 

Patient Testimonial: Vickie’s Experience with Total Knee Replacement

Vickie’s experience stands out among the many success stories, showcasing the life-changing impact of knee replacement surgery. 

“I couldn’t walk up a hill. I’d have to stop, or I’d have to go around to get where I was going,” Vickie recalls her life before the surgery. After enduring persistent knee pain and ineffective treatments, Vickie turned to Dr. Greene at Louisville Hip & Knee Institute for help.

“I’ve had two knee replacements with Dr. Greene. I’m so happy that I got to have him to do my knee replacements,” she shares. Vickie’s story highlights not only the technical expertise of Dr. Greene but also his compassionate approach, ensuring patients are comfortable and informed every step of the way.

What Should You Do If You Have Chronic Knee Pain?

Chronic knee pain should not be ignored. The first step is to consult with a specialist who can assess the severity of your condition and provide a diagnosis, which will likely require imaging and tests. 

Initially, treatments may involve physical therapy, medication, or injections. However, if these interventions do not provide relief, knee replacement surgery might be the best treatment for long-term pain relief and mobility. 

How Does Total Knee Replacement Help?

Joseph W. Greene, M.D. and Adam Herth, PA-C

Total knee replacement surgery involves replacing the damaged parts of the knee joint with artificial components. This procedure can significantly reduce pain and improve function, allowing individuals to return to their daily activities without the constant burden of pain.

What If You Need a Double Knee Replacement?

A double knee replacement, or bilateral knee replacement, is performed when both knees require surgery. It can be done simultaneously or staged at different times. The decision depends on the patient’s health, the severity of joint damage, and personal preferences. Consulting with a trusted orthopedic surgeon is essential to determine the best approach for your situation.

What is Recovery Like After Knee Replacement?

Recovery from knee replacement surgery varies but involves a combination of physical therapy, pain management, and a gradual increase in activity. The goal is to strengthen the knee and restore mobility. Most patients can return to their everyday activities within 3 to 6 months post-surgery, with continuous improvement over time.

Get Help for Chronic Knee Pain

If chronic knee pain limits your life, know that solutions like those experienced by Vickie are within reach. Our Louisville Hip & Knee Institutes team, led by specialists like Dr. Greene, is dedicated to providing personalized care tailored to your unique needs.

Schedule a consultation to explore your options for diagnosis and treatment. Reclaim your mobility and the joy of pain-free movement!

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