Knee Replacement Westchester, NY
Dr. Russinoff performs Knee Replacement surgeries at either The Yorktown Center for Specialty Surgery, in Yorktown Heights, NY, or New York Presbyterian – Hudson Valley Hospital, in Cortlandt Manor, NY. Depending on the individual patient, some patients may qualify for a partial knee replacement surgery which is much less invasive.
Most surgeries are currently performed inpatient at the hospital with a 1-2 night stay. Dr. Russinoff has also been performing more outpatient, same day surgeries at the surgery center and the hospital over the last several years.
Outpatient knee replacement surgery is a total knee replacement procedure that will allow a patient to return home immediately following the surgery. Traditional knee replacement surgery will require an overnight stay. However, not everyone will qualify for same-day knee surgery. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Scott Russinoff in Westchester County specializes in this type of outpatient procedure that focuses on minimally invasive techniques that allow a patient to rest and recover in the comfort of their own home.
Outpatient Knee Replacement Surgery in Westchester County
Outpatient knee replacement surgery is a total knee replacement procedure that will allow a patient to return home the same day of the operation. To qualify for this type of procedure, a patient must be in good general health, and must have a good support team at home. Qualifying patients usually must also have attempted alternative treatments to knee replacement, such as injections and anti-inflammatory medications before knee replacement surgery is an option.
Dr. Russinoff, a knee replacement specialist, will perform a thorough evaluation of each patient’s individual circumstances to determine the patient’s eligibility for this type of surgery.
Dr. Russinoff performs same day knee replacement surgeries at either The Yorktown Center for Specialty Surgery, in Yorktown Heights, NY, or New York Presbyterian – Hudson Valley Hospital, in Cortlandt Manor, NY
Benefits of Knee Replacement Surgery
The benefits of same-day surgery include:
- A more comfortable recovery process
- Possible lower risk of infection
- Possible faster return to normal activities
Preparing for Knee Replacement Surgery
A patient will meet with Dr. Russinoff, who will explain, in-depth, the steps of the procedure. The doctor must ensure that a patient is both mentally and physically prepared for the surgery. In some cases, the patient may be required to see their primary physician for a physical exam, especially if the patient has other health issues.
Once the patient is deemed fit for the surgery and knows what the procedure entails, the procedure will be scheduled.
The Day of Outpatient Joint Replacement Surgery
For minimally invasive knee replacements, a significantly smaller incision is made compared to traditional open knee surgery. The incision is made across the front of the knee and is between five and seven inches in length. This type of incision will give the doctor access behind the patella. The kneecap is then moved over. During the procedure, diseased bone and damaged cartilage will be removed. The knee implant is typically attached using bone cement. With both the tibial and femoral parts attached, a plastic insert is placed between them. This flexible spacer allows the knee joint to flex and bend along the smooth surface.
Keep in mind, not all patients will require kneecap resurfacing. If the kneecap is damaged and requires resurfacing, a patellar component acts as a new kneecap.
Once everything is in place, Dr. Russinoff will bend and move the patient’s leg to test the movement and flexibility of the implant.
How Long Does a Knee Replacement Surgery Take?
Many patients are surprised to learn that this type of surgery will only take approximately 1 1/2 hours. Of course, this will vary from patient to patient and may take more or less time, depending on the severity of the damage.
Recovery from Knee Replacement
After surgery, the patient will wake up from the anesthesia and meet with Dr. Russinoff, nurses, and a physical therapist. The patient’s care team will share how the procedure went and will prepare the patient for discharge. The patient will be given all the information they need for at-home physical therapy, pain management, and other materials that will aid in their recovery.
Knee Replacement Recovery-Medications and Pain Management
Many patients are initially concerned about the level of pain they will experience following the surgery, and what their recovery time will look like. This often varies from patient to patient. However, advances in treatment allow for effective home pain management. Nerve blocks are performed the day of surgery which drastically reduce the amount of pain over the first several days
What Not to Do After Knee Replacement Surgery
The most important thing a patient can do is rest. Despite feeling well, a patient must still use caution immediately following surgery and take it slow. A patient can move around the home to use the bathroom or get up for meals but should limit their mobility.
Schedule an Appointment with Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Russinoff Today
Utilizing minimally invasive techniques, Dr. Russinoff is fellowship-trained in this type of joint knee replacement procedure. Of course, not everyone is familiar with outpatient joint replacement surgeries, the many benefits involved, or how to determine whether or not they qualify. Dr. Russinoff can meet with a patient for a consultation to discuss the patient’s medical history, past treatments, and to examine the patient to determine whether or not they will be a candidate for outpatient treatment. To learn more, contact Dr. Russinoff today to schedule a consultation and exam.