What are the scars like after a knee arthroplasty?

5-10 inches. The incision is made vertically over the kneecap. We use a minimally invasive technique that results in a smaller scar.
Anterior & vertical. The typical knee arthroplasty scar is anterior and runs in line with the lower extremity. It appears longer when the knee is flexed than when it is extended. It is longer in larger or more obese individuals. It is wider in keloid formers. Most surgeons minimize the length of their incisions to prevent unnecessary damage to adjacent structures, but will lengthen it if they are unable to see well.

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Is the knee arthroplasty a risky thing to do?

It Depends. Any surgery has associated risks. Knee arthroplasty is a big procedure. It is very helpful when indicated, however. Risks vary depending upon your overall health, medical conditions, level of fitness. Medical issues such as diabetes and heart disease increase the risk of any surgery. It is best to talk these risks over with your primary care physician as well as your orthopedist.
It depends. There are always risks associated with any surgery, but sometime the benefits may outweigh the risks. Discuss the procedure and risks with your doctor and decide on a plan of care.

Is there a shot or an i.V. Involved when doing a knee arthroplasty?

Yes. It depend on the kind of anasthesia you will have, but all of them shots and IV.
Sure. Iv for general anethesia if your going to let someone resurface your knee with metal amd plastic why worry about the needle?

Where is a knee arthroplasty usually done? At a hospital?

Arthroplasty. Arthroplasty is performed in an operating room setting -- either in a hospital or an outpatient surgical center.
Hospital. Total knee arthroplasty is replacement of knee with mechanical joint. Typically need to stay in hospital 3 or more days to control pain, get physical therapy. May also need rehab stay. Ask your surgeon and anesthesiologist about continuous nerve block catheters for post-op pain control. They will discuss your options.
Yes. Knee arthroplasty or replacement is usually performed at a hospital with length of stay ranging from 2-4 days. Sometimes, in the healthiest and youngest patients, it may be performed in an outpatient setting.

What is the best predictor of outcome after total hip or knee arthroplasty?

Many factors. Contributors to outcomes following joint replacement include patient and surgeon factors. While a technically well performed replacement will help the eventual outcome, the patient controls most of the factors; such as preoperative fitness, range of motion, and postoperative drive to rehabilitate.
Patient motivation. Assuming that you have a good surgeon, and the surgery is appropriately indicated, patient motivation and participation in physical therapy is the most important predictor of a successful outcome.
2 things only. Repeatedly documented in peer reviewed medical studies-the two factors which predictably lead to good results after total knee and hip replacement are 1) a high volume joint replacement surgeon, and 2) a dedicated high volume joint replacement program/center.
Preop function. The most reliable documented indicator of post op function is preoperative function. The better the pre operative function and strength are the better the outcome.
Many factors. The first factor is that the procedure was done well, meaning the implants were installed properly and the knee ligaments were balanced well. Then it is up to the patient to do their rehab properly. For hips, the implants need to be installed properly, the tensioning needs to be proper, the alignment of the parts needs to be correct and then its time fro the patient to do their rehab properly.

How long does rehabilitation last after knee arthroplasty? I'm having knee arthroplasty. For how long will I have to do rehab after the surgery? .

3 months. Typically after total knee arthroplasty (knee replacement) surgery, rehab lasts for about 3 months. The rehab involves regaining full range of motion and regaining normal strength in the thigh mucscles.

What is a? Knee arthroplasty?

Knee replacement. Total knee replacement they replace the end of femur (thigh) and top end of leg bone (tibia) with a metal joint. Quite effective for chronic knee pain that is severe and you are not able to bear weight. New joint may last for 15-25 years.
Arthroplasty. Generally means knee replacement, resurfacing the tibia, femur, and patella.