In the line of duty, many veterans experience rigorous physical activity, injuries, and over time, aging – all of which can lead to significant knee problems. We’ve had the privilege of helping numerous veterans who have faced these challenges head-on. Their inspiring stories of success after knee replacement surgery serves as a beacon of hope and resilience for those on a similar journey.
Knee Replacement Surgery Demystified
Knee replacement surgery, or knee arthroplasty, is a common procedure where a damaged or diseased knee joint is replaced with a prosthetic one. The primary goal is to alleviate pain and restore function to the knee.
The knee is one of the largest and most complex joints in the body. It’s made up of the lower end of the thigh bone (femur), the upper end of the shin bone (tibia), and the kneecap (patella). In a healthy knee, these bones are covered with a smooth substance called cartilage, which allows them to glide easily over each other. However, various conditions can cause this cartilage to wear away, leading to pain, stiffness, and decreased mobility.
Here are some of the common conditions that might necessitate knee replacement surgery, many of which are prevalent in veterans:
Osteoarthritis: This is a wear-and-tear type of arthritis that occurs when the cartilage that cushions the bones of the knee wears away. Osteoarthritis can cause pain, swelling, and reduced motion in your knee.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: This is a chronic inflammatory disorder that can affect more than just your joints. In some people, the condition can damage various body systems, including the skin, eyes, lungs, heart, and blood vessels.
Post-Traumatic Arthritis: This can occur after a serious knee injury. Fractures, ligament tears, and meniscal injuries can damage the cartilage over time, leading to knee pain and limiting knee function.
During a knee replacement surgery, the surgeon removes the damaged bone and cartilage from your thigh bone, shin bone, and kneecap and replaces it with an artificial joint made of metal alloys, high-grade plastics, and polymers. These modern materials are designed to replicate the knee’s natural ability to roll and glide as you move your leg.
VA Health Care and Your Knee Replacement
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is America’s largest integrated healthcare system, providing care for U.S. veterans. It plays an essential role in supporting veterans in need of knee replacements. The VHA offers a comprehensive set of healthcare services, including surgeries such as knee replacements.
If you’re a veteran, you may be eligible for knee replacement surgery benefits through the VA health care system. These benefits can cover a portion or even all of the costs associated with your knee replacement surgery, depending on your specific eligibility and the nature of your disability.
To have your knee replacement performed by Dr. Morton at Joint Replacement Hawaii, you will need a referral from the VA. The process typically begins with a consultation at a VA hospital or clinic, where a healthcare provider will assess your condition and discuss possible treatment options. If knee replacement surgery is deemed necessary, you can request a referral to Dr. Morton.
We are experienced in working with the VA system. Our team can assist you with the necessary paperwork, liaise with the appropriate VA offices, and help ensure that you receive the benefits to which you are entitled. We understand that dealing with administrative matters can be daunting, especially when facing a significant procedure like a knee replacement, so we strive to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.
It’s important to note that each individual’s case differs, and the benefits available can vary widely. Therefore, we encourage you to reach out to us or your local VA office to discuss your specific situation and learn more about the benefits that may be available to you.
The Roadmap to Knee Replacement at Joint Replacement Hawaii
Choosing to undergo a knee replacement is a significant decision, and it’s important to understand each step of the process. When you choose to have your knee replacement with Dr. Morton, you can expect a comprehensive and compassionate approach.
Our process begins with an initial consultation, where Dr. Morton will evaluate your knee’s condition, discuss your symptoms, and talk through your medical history. This consultation is crucial for Dr. Morton to determine the best action for your needs.
If a knee replacement is the recommended course of action, Dr. Morton and his team will guide you through the pre-surgery preparations. This may include physical examinations, medical tests, and advice on lifestyle adjustments to ensure you are in the best possible health for your surgery.
The surgery is performed by Dr. Morton, who has a wealth of experience in knee replacement procedures. He utilizes state-of-the-art prosthetics, surgical techniques, and technologies to ensure the best possible outcome for every patient.
Following surgery, you will be closely monitored during your post-operative period. Dr. Morton and his team will manage your pain, aid in initial mobility, and ensure you are comfortable before being discharged.
Once discharged, the road to recovery continues with a structured rehabilitation program. Dr. Morton will guide you through physical therapy exercises and provide advice on how to regain strength and mobility in your new knee.
Under the experienced guidance of Dr. Morton, we provide a comprehensive approach to knee replacement surgery, ensuring that every veteran’s unique needs are addressed. Our goal is not just about restoring your mobility but also about enabling you to reclaim your life and return to the activities that you love. We’re your partners on this journey towards improved joint health.
As you contemplate this next step, we encourage you to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. Let’s work together to create a plan that’s right for you and helps you achieve your health goals. Your journey to better knee health begins here, and we look forward to walking alongside you every step of the way.