October 25th, 2010
Every so often, a patient asks me, “Dr. Gold – What will my knee look like after a total replacement?”
To help them understand the post-operative knee structure, I like to show them a picture of a knee replacement X-Ray after surgery.
That said, here is an x-ray of a patient who had successful knee replacement surgery. I thought you might like to see it as well.
As you can see, the structure of the knee is restored to provide a smooth, flexible joint. Another way to consider the positive impact of a successful knee replacement surgery is to consider a before-and-after drawing. Here is a good illustration of the knee structure after knee replacement surgery.
I hope that helps you better understand the structural enhancements of a good knee replacement surgery.
|About the Author: Dr. Stuart Gold, M.D. is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who has 23 years experience specializing in sport injuries, joint replacement, arthritis and limb salvage. As the Director of the Orthopedic Institute, Dr. Gold recently published The Patient's Guide To Orthopedic Surgery to help patients better understand the challenges, risks and opportunities of orthopedic care.|