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Knee Replacement

Largest and Most Complex Joints in Your Body

Your knee is a hinge joint that connects the thigh with your lower leg. It’s one of the largest and most complex joints in your body. The thigh bone (femur) connects with the top portion of your knee, and the shin bone (tibia) connects with the lower portion. In addition, two smaller bones, the fibula and patella (kneecap) also make up the knee joint. Tendons connect your leg muscles to these bones, and ligaments provide stability to the region. There are also two pieces of cartilage which provide cushioning between the femur and tibia.

Due to constant use over the course of your life, these structures may eventually wear out. In addition, injuries and damage to the knee from other trauma can prevent the joint from functioning properly. At some point, knee replacement may be required to alleviate pain and restore proper function.

What Is Knee Replacement Surgery?

Knee replacement is performed to remove damaged parts of the knee and replace it with a prosthetic knee joint made of metal and plastic components. During the procedure, damaged bone and cartilage are cut out of the femur, tibia and knee joint. The new artificial implant is then attached to the kneecap, femur and tibia using a bonding material such as acrylic cement.

Approximately 600,000-700,000 knee replacements are performed in the US each year, making it a very common procedure. Knee replacement surgery experiences a very high success rate, with over 90% of people reporting a significant improvement in pain and function.

When Should I Consider Knee Replacement?

The most common reason to undergo knee replacement is to alleviate pain associated with osteoarthritis. This painful, debilitating condition occurs when the cartilage in your knee breaks down with age. It can result in difficulty walking, getting out of chairs and climbing stairs.

Other reasons for knee replacement surgery include:

Often, more conservative treatments will be explored first. This can include physical therapy to strengthen the structures of your knee and improve your range of motion, and pain medication to improve your daily comfort. When these solutions are no longer effective, it may be time to consider knee surgery.

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Preparing for Knee Surgery

During the preoperative phase, our orthopedic surgeons will evaluate the condition of your knee joint and take any imaging necessary to get a clear understanding of the extent of the damage. In some instances, adjacent joints (hip and ankle) may be assessed as well. If there is any damage to these joints, it may impact the effectiveness of your results.

You may be asked to discontinue using certain medications such as blood thinners or anti-inflammatories prior to surgery. If you smoke, you’ll need to quit prior to surgery and throughout the first few months of recovery since smoking can negatively impact healing and increase the risk of complications. Patients who are overweight may also need to lose some weight to facilitate a smoother recovery and improve the long-term outcome of the procedure.

It’s also a good idea to prepare for your recovery before undergoing knee surgery. This will ensure you are comfortable and have everything you need once you get home. Some tasks to take care of include:

  • Create a comfortable living space on the ground floor since you may have trouble climbing stairs
  • Install safety bars in your shower
  • Make sure all stairway handrails are sturdy and secure
  • Create a resting place that allows you to elevate your leg
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Knee Surgery Procedures Offered at Colorado Advanced Orthopedics

Colorado Advanced Orthopedics offers a wide range of knee replacement procedures. Our doctors will carefully evaluate the condition of your damaged joint to recommend the ideal procedure for your specific needs.

Knee replacement surgery procedures we offer include:

Our surgeons utilize the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System with knee replacement procedures. This machine allows our surgeons to fully leverage their training to perform your procedure with the greatest levels of precision, while reducing risks and providing you with a highly accurate and personalized surgical experience.

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Colorado Advanced Orthopedics serves patients in Meeker and throughout the White River Valley.

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Recovery after Knee Replacement

In most instances, you will spend 2-3 days in the hospital after knee replacement surgery. Our surgeons may prescribe pain medication to help you manage any discomfort.

Physical therapy will begin within two days of your surgery, typically before you leave the hospital. Early stages of physical therapy will focus on weight-bearing therapy such as standing and walking, as well as some occupational therapy to help you adjust to your new prosthetic knee.

It’s important to understand that the success of your procedure will be significantly impacted by how diligently you perform your physical therapy exercises. You’ll need to attend all scheduled physical therapy appointments once you’re discharged from the hospital and perform all prescribed exercises every day.

You can generally resume routine daily activities within 3-6 weeks after knee replacement surgery. You should also be able to drive once you’re able to bend your knee enough to sit in the driver’s seat and have sufficient muscle control to operate the gas and brake pedals. This typically occurs after about three weeks.

You can gradually resume low impact activities such as walking, biking and swimming once you’re cleared to do so by our surgeons. However, you’ll need to avoid high impact activities such as skiing, jogging, tennis and other sports until you’re further along in the healing process. Our surgeons will continue monitoring your progress and let you know when you’re able to resume these activities.


“Even with my health concerns, my knee surgery went extremely well, and recovery was better than expected. It is with great pleasure that I acknowledge the excellent work of Dr. Kevin Borchard and his staff. The entire Ortho team did a terrific job helping me before, during, and after surgery. I highly recommend Dr. Borchard and his team to anyone needing joint repair or replacement. ” - Gail S.
“You will not get better care, and you won’t get better outcomes, than you get right here with Dr. Borchard in Meeker.” - Curtis C.

Regaining a Pain Free Life

At Colorado Advanced Orthopedics, we understand the ways that chronic, debilitating knee pain can diminish your quality of life. Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons have the extensive training and experience necessary to deliver an exceptional outcome on your knee surgery.

We’re driven by our purpose to make people feel cared for, and our entire staff is truly committed to delivering an amazing patient experience throughout every phase of your surgery, from preoperative visits through your recovery. A key component of this experience is delivering the finest quality medical treatment available. However, we understand that your care encompasses so much more than the treatment we administer. Our team will always go the extra mile by providing comfortable amenities, educating you about your options, and providing compassionate care that makes you feel like part of our family.

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Colorado Advanced Orthopedics serves patients in Meeker and throughout the White River Valley.

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