Knee Joint Replacement - Allen, McKinney TX
Dr. Morgan is a renowned orthopedic surgeon practicing in Allen & McKinney TX. He has a subspecialty Certification in Orthopedic Sports Medicine. Besides being associated with OrthoTexas (Allen & McKinney), Dr. Morgan currently works as the team physician for the Revolution professional indoor football team, Allen Lacrosse, and Excel Volleyball. Dr. Morgan provides state-of-the-art treatment options in orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, and general orthopedics.

Dr Morgan’s areas of specialty include knee and shoulder arthroscopy, rotator cuff repair, Torn ACL and knee reconstruction, knee replacement, and elbow arthroscopy/ reconstruction.

KNEE JOINT REPLACEMENT

If you are looking to undergo knee joint replacement in Allen, Dr. Morgan can help you with the highest level of specialized care for the procedure. He performs unicompartmental as well as total knee joint replacement at the Allen & McKinney clinic. Total knee replacement is recommended for most patients, while a small percentage might be better candidates for unicompartmental replacement. The latter is mostly opted for in cases where the wear is confined primarily to a single compartment.

Most patients undergo a Total Knee Replacement (TKR), whereby the arthritic knee joint is completely replaced with “prostheses”, which could be made up of plastic or metal. The major cause of pain and loss of function in the knee is arthritis, even though it could also be caused by trauma as in a torn ACL, increased stress, infection, connective tissue disorders, inflammation, knee injury and other causes. Upon undergoing Total Knee Replacement, most patients resume completely normal function of their knee.

Here is a look at the major benefits that knee joint replacement has to offer:

  • The procedure provides relief from the pain associated with arthritis, making it possible for the patient to resume everyday activities such as walking, shopping, gardening, jogging, climbing stairs, etc.
  • Deformities associated with dysfunctional knees, such as bowleg or knock knees disappear, adding to the aesthetic appearance of the patient.
  • Upon undergoing the surgery, patients experience relief from stiffness in the knee joint, and have greater mobility.

Being a major surgery, knee arthroplasty requires significant pre-operative preparation, which primarily involves weight-bearing x-rays of both knees, which are used to determine the extent and position of joint space narrowing. The patient is required to perform range of motion exercises as directed daily. Pre-operative tests including CBC, electrolytes, APTT, and PT are performed before the procedure. It is also important to take into account the difference in sizes of individual knees, and the amount of bone loss.

Surgery is performed under general or spinal anesthesia, and takes around two hours. During the procedure, your orthopedic surgeon will cut down the bone to expose the knee joint, after which specialized jigs are used to cut the damaged portions of the femur and tibia. This is followed by the insertion of trial components into the cavity, which helps to determine the accuracy of the cuts.

The orthopedic surgeon also makes the choice of whether your knee cap needs to be replaced. The real components are then inserted, and cemented upon establishing that the knee works properly. Patients typically stay in the hospital for 2-4 days following the procedure, after which they have to undergo physical therapy for a specified period of time. The goal of 110-115 degrees of movement is usually achieved in around 3 months.

To request an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon Dr. Morgan in Allen or McKinney, call at (972) 727 - 9995