There is a 90% chance that your new knee will work well at 20 years.
You can drive a car when you are not taking the pain pills and you feel safe behind the wheel. If you get into an accident, then the cause should be a judgment error and not an inability to maneuver the car.
You can return to golf at your own pace. Begin putting and chipping, and then progress to the short irons then to the driver.
No, we close your wound in three layers, with three sets of sutures and staples. Feel confident straightening and bending the knee that the wound is secure.
Swelling is normal and will gradually subside over 3-4 months. Elevation and short frequent exercises for a few minutes are the best ways for managing swelling. Forceful exercising for extended periods of time keep the knee swollen even with elevation. You are the best determinant of what your knee will let you do. Once the swelling subsides, the pain will too.
Warmth and redness in the knee is normal and will gradually subside over 3-4 months. It does not indicate an infection and is caused by increased blood supply, which brings a high concentration of nutrients to help heal the knee.
Contact between the metal and plastic tibial and femoral implants causes clicking and is more frequent when the knee is swollen and does not indicate that the parts are loose or broken. The frequency and loudness of the noise is greater when the knee is swollen.
The American Dental Association no longer recommends the prophylactic use of antibiotics before dental procedures. Their 2015 recommendation can be found at this link: http://www.ada.org/~/media/EBD/Files/ADA_Chairside_Guide_Prosthetics.pdf?la=en
Yes, it will. Expect to get patted down. Presenting a card showing you had a knee replacement does not help.
About 30% of patients report their knee with the kinematically aligned total knee replacement is normal, while others notice a difference. Those that notice a difference do sense the knee is better than before surgery.
Kneeling will not hurt the knee; However, without practice it may make your knee hurt. Try kneeling on a foam pad. Patients that kneel frequently have less pain.