The initial focus of our office is on conservative treatment. We never want to start with a big surgery. Conservative treatment can consist of exercise, physical therapy, injections, medication, bracing, and activity modification. At times, though, conservative management can fail to get you back to your desired level of comfort or quality of life. It’s at this point we talk with patients about total knee replacement, also called total knee arthroplasty (TKA), to reduce pain and improve function and quality of life.
Research is a vital part of what we do at the Shelbourne Knee Center. With more than 10 years of TKA data collected, below are a few of our findings.
- Looking at the national average, up to 20% of patients are dissatisfied with their surgery. Our dissatisfaction rate is at 4%.
- Dr. Benner performed 232 TKA surgeries in 2021 and 235 in 2022.
- At one week after surgery, more than 80% of our patients can bend their knee beyond 90 degrees and 97% can fully straighten their knee.