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    Why Does My Knee Hurt?
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    What is Total Knee Replacement?
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    Am I a Candidate for Total Knee Replacement Surgery?
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    Why Choose Rapid Strides?

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Why Does My Knee Hurt?

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Over time, the smooth cartilage in the thigh bone, shin bone and kneecap can wear away, leading to arthritis. Without cartilage, these bones rub together, leading to swelling and increased pain during physical activity. Knee replacement surgery is an effective way to reduce knee pain and get back to a more active lifestyle.

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What is Total Knee Replacement?

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During total knee replacement surgery, cartilage is replaced with an artificial surface, leaving the knee intact. To cushion the knee, an artificial substitute for the cartilage is inserted onto the end of each bone using a metal alloy on the end of the femur and tibia. With a new layer of cushion to support knee bones and joints, individuals experience a decrease in pain and improved knee function.

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Am I a Candidate for Total Knee Replacement Surgery?

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You may be a candidate for total knee replacement surgery if:

  • You experience daily and/or nightly pain in the knee more than three times a week
  • Physical activity and/or sleep is hindered by knee pain
  • Daily routines are no longer easy to maintain and overall quality of life is decreased
  • You meet age, weight and overall orthopedic health considerations during knee replacement surgery consultations

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Why Choose Rapid Strides?

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Dameron Hospital’s Rapid Strides Accelerated Recovery© Knee Replacement Program uses state-of-the-art technology and a comprehensive, team-based approach for accelerated recovery. Our program offers minimally invasive surgical techniques combined with computer-assisted navigation to achieve excellent results for our patients in terms of pain relief, mobility and restoring quality of life. Key benefits of the program include:

  • Less pain than traditional knee replacement surgery due to an all-encompassing, minimally invasive surgical approach
  • Decreased joint pain and swelling as a result of multiple anesthetic techniques
  • Little or no post-operative IV narcotics, which significantly decreases post-operative complications
  • Accelerated recovery time so patients can take their first steps almost immediately after surgery
  • Patients are admitted on the day of surgery and are usually discharged on the first post-operative day
  • A fast and lasting recovery using state-of-the-art technology and innovative surgical techniques

Where Do I Go to Learn More About the Rapid Strides Program?

If you are experiencing knee pain and considering the Rapid Strides program, Dameron Hospital hosts free information seminars. During these thorough information sessions, patients can weigh their treatment options, gain clarity on whether they are a candidate for the Rapid Strides program, meet the medical staff and ask questions about the total knee replacement procedure.

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Call 209-944-5550

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Located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, Dameron Hospital is a fully accredited, non-profit community hospital and designated heart attack receiving center specializing in both acute and tertiary level care. Dameron Hospital houses over 200 beds and offers several services such as: Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Orthopedics, as well as general acute care, Emergency and Intensive Care Services. Dameron Hospital has received national and statewide acclaim for its high quality medical services, including designations from HealthGrades® for Five Star Rated Knee Replacements, selection as a Blue Shield of California Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery and Knee and Hip Replacement, and recognition as a Top Performer for its Quality Metrics by the Joint Commission.