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Knee Replacement Specialist

Herrick J. Siegel, MD

Total Hip and Knee Replacement Specialist located in Birmingham, AL

As the largest joints in your body, your knees pull their fair share of the weight, literally and figuratively. So when one or both are damaged beyond repair, knee replacement surgery is the best way to get back on your feet. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Herrick J. Siegel, MD, has extensive experience helping his patients in Birmingham, Alabama, regain mobility through knee replacement. If you’d like to learn more, call the office or request a consultation online.

Knee Replacement

When is knee replacement appropriate?

While your knees are designed to handle a sizeable workload, they can wear down over time, especially at the hands of osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition in which the cartilage in your joints breaks down, causing pain and inflammation. As your cartilage deteriorates, your bones are left to rub against each other, which further exacerbates the problem as bone breaks apart and spurs develop.

The end result is that you’re left with painful knees that can’t hold up for even the simplest of tasks, disrupting your quality of life in significant ways.

At this point, knee replacement surgery is an ideal solution that revives your deteriorating joint with replacement components. In fact, 90% of those who undergo knee replacement surgery experience a dramatic reduction in pain and are able to get back to their normal activities with improved mobility.

What happens during a total knee replacement surgery?

As a joint replacement specialist, Dr. Siegel is trained in the latest techniques to minimize the impact of knee replacement surgery while garnering excellent results that will serve you for well for years to come.

During your knee replacement surgery, Dr. Siegel uses minimally invasive techniques to:

  • Remove damaged cartilage and bone from your femur and tibia
  • Resurface the ends of the bones with metal components
  • Resurface your patella, if required
  • Place a spacer between the new components

Dr. Siegel can perform this type of arthroplasty on an outpatient basis if you qualify, but many patients do require a short hospital stay.

What is recovery like after knee replacement surgery?

The days of long hospital stays and slow recoveries have been replaced by an approach that gets you moving as soon as possible, even the next day.

Because Dr. Siegel uses minimally invasive techniques when replacing your knee, the damage to your joint is minimized. This means that under the watchful eye of Dr. Siegel and your physical therapist, you can begin to regain your mobility almost immediately.

As the weeks go by, you’ll slowly build strength in your new knee as it heals, especially if you fully participate in your physical therapy. If all goes well, you should be able to resume your normal activities in as little as six weeks.

To learn more about knee replacement, call the office or request an appointment online.