Knee replacement surgery has become the most common elective surgery performed in the U.S. on an annual basis. There are an estimated 600,000 procedures performed each year. While an orthopedic surgeon may perform multiple operations in a single day, when he or she finds out they need to have a total knee replacement procedure performed on them personally, it is a very new experience.
A recent news feature from Medscape involves a very experienced knee replacement surgeon discussing his own total knee replacement surgery and recovery. This surgeon is 59-years-old and has been performing knee replacement operations for quite some time. He estimates that he performed more than 3,500 total knee replacements over the course of his career. It would seem that the procedure is entirely routine, but that is only the case when he is operating on other people. Continue reading