The knee is the largest joint in the body, and is responsible for absorbing a great deal of force. Your knee is a combination of three bones: your femur (thigh bone), tibia (lower leg bone) and the patella (knee cap). The muscles around your knee joint are responsible for supporting and moving your knee. It is extremely important to rebuild and strengthen these muscles after surgery.
Due to years of work, arthritis, or trauma, the knee can become unhealthy and you may eventually lose movement, strength and function in your knee. It is usually at this point that you and your surgeon make the decision to perform a knee replacement.
During the procedure, your surgeon will resurface the bottom part of the femur (thigh bone) and the top of the tibia (lower leg bone). In most cases, your surgeon may decide that your knee cap needs to be resurfaced as well.
It is important to realize that you will be responsible for a major portion of your rehabilitation. Rest assured that there will be many healthcare professionals to guide you step-by-step.