After your total knee replacement surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room for a period of observation. The staff will monitor your blood pressure, heart rate, respiration and body temperature. Special attention will be given to your circulation and sensation in your feet and legs. Following surgery, you will receive physical therapy. Trained professionals will determine the exercise programs for your physical therapy. A low-heeled walking shoes are recommended when learning to walk with crutches or a walker. Your physical therapist will start you off between parallel bars in preparation for the use of crutches or a walker. These bars allow you to practice walking by supporting part of your body weight with your arms rather than on your surgical leg. As you become more comfortable with walking, your physical therapist may allow you to practice walking on the replaced unit with assistance. Before you go home, your therapist will teach you to climb stairs and to transfer from a bed, chair, and car. Your physical therapist will design an exercise program to increase the motion and strength of your knee. Range of motion exercises will let your knee move easily from the fully straight position to a 90Â° bent position. Your participation is vital. The goal is for you to become as independent in your personal care and daily activities as possible before you return home.
Hip Resurfacing is a type of hip surgery which replaces the two surfaces of the hip joint. The procedure is very bone conserving as the head of the femur is retained. Instead of removing the head completely, it is shaped to accept an anatomically sized metal sphere. There is no large stem to go down the central part of the femur and the surface of the acetabulum (the socket) is also replaced with a metal implant, which is press fit directly into the bone.
The resurfacing components are made of cobalt chrome which is finely machined to produce a very high quality surface with a low friction finish, hence low wear.