Are you constantly suffering from knee pain? Do you have difficulty getting in or out of a seated position? Does your knee ache at night or when you are resting? Does knee pain keep you from enjoying activities? Or have you been told you need a knee replacement? If so, you could be a candidate for a total knee replacement surgery.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is proud to be the first hospital in central Ohio to offer robotic total knee replacement. This is a total knee replacement performed using a robotic arm system that helps doctors achieve a new level of precision in surgery. This exactness in placing and aligning your implant allows you to benefit from smaller incisions, shorter hospital stays, less physical therapy time and quicker recovery time. Robotic total knee surgery helps you get back to the life and activities you enjoy sooner.

What happens during knee replacement surgery?

Your knee has three compartments: inside, outside and underneath the kneecap. Total knee replacement is a surgical procedure in which one or more of the knee's three compartments that is diseased or damaged is replaced with an artificial metal and plastic joint called an implant. With partial knee replacement, your surgeon replaces only one part of your knee joint, most commonly the inside or medial compartment.

Our leading-edge surgical knee reconstruction treatment options include:
  • Knee arthroplasty, surgical replacement of the surface of the knee joint to decrease pain and increase mobility
  • MAKOplasty, an innovative robotic partial knee replacement surgery that targets the specific disease area and preserves bone, soft tissue and ligaments for more natural knee function post-surgery
  • Tibial osteotomy, to realign the limb and preserve knee function prior to knee replacement

What to expect during a knee replacement surgery

Prior to surgery, you’ll meet with your physician to discuss your medical history, the medicines you take and any questions you have. Your physician may also schedule routine tests.

An orthopedic surgeon will give you instructions to follow before the surgery, such as fasting and when to stop taking medications you normally take.

Each person’s recovery is different. Your surgeon will speak with you and your care team about what to expect after your surgery. However, many patients can leave the hospital two days after their knee replacement. You will be on your feet, bearing weight the day of surgery. Most patients have a home health care nurse and physical therapist come to their house three times a week. You’ll engage in some form of therapy for about six to 12 weeks after surgery and will be off work for at least six weeks.


Learn how to prepare, and what to expect, before, during and after knee replacement surgery.