How a Surgeon Prepares
Once your x-rays are reviewed by your surgeon, various treatments will be
discussed with you, based on your health and lifestyle. Knee replacement surgery
is usually recommended when all other treatment options have not provided
sufficient relief from the pain you are suffering. Surgery should relieve
the pain, making walking and bending easier for you.
member of your doctor's office staff will schedule your surgery day and time,
but you may want to check with your insurance provider to see which hospital
or surgical centers are covered by your insurance.
You will also be scheduled for a physical by your family medical doctor.
The surgeon will look at your x-rays again, after you leave, to decide which
design of prosthesis is best for you. This is when they measure (or template)
the x-rays. The knee manufacturer will be phoned and they will send all of the
appropriate equipment. Either the day of surgery or the day before, your surgeon
will review his / her surgery schedule to see if there is anything needed.
The manufacturer’s independent distributor typically orders the equipment the day
before and a surgical technician will confirm that the equipment has arrived
prior to the start of your surgery. The surgical instruments are checked by
the hospital staff and are prepared by the surgery technician to ensure the
sterility of the surgical field.
Your surgical team will make every effort to make sure everything is ready
by the time of your schedule surgery. All equipment can be made available to
every hospital. Every facility has the ability to do the same surgeries, no
matter how small the hospital is, or how rural they are.