Bryant Bonner, MD

Board Certified

Hip and Knee Replacement Specialist

Knee Replacement Surgery

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Regain mobility and rediscover joy with Knee Replacement 

Welcome to our patient-centric guide on Knee Replacement Surgery, where we are dedicated to providing you with the knowledge and support necessary to make well-informed choices about your health and reclaim your active lifestyle.

If chronic knee pain has been hindering your ability to enjoy life to the fullest, Knee Replacement Surgery could be the transformative solution you’ve been seeking. Our comprehensive resource aims to demystify the procedure and address any queries you may have about this life-changing operation.

Dr. Bryant Bonner specializes in primary Total Knee Replacement including Robotic-Assisted Total Knee Replacement and Complex and Revision Total Knee Replacements. 

He is proud to be a part of Sah Orthopaedic Associates at the Institute for Joint Restoration in Fremont, California. He uses advanced, minimally invasive techniques including Robotic-Assisted Total Knee Replacements to help provide optimal accuracy and superior outcomes.

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We understand the significance of considering any surgical procedure, and our primary focus is to provide compassionate care and personalized guidance for each patient. We aim to ensure that you feel confident, at ease, and well-prepared throughout your entire knee replacement journey.

Don’t let knee pain dictate your life any longer – unlock the potential of Knee Replacement Surgery and embrace a life of renewed movement and joy!

What is a Total Knee Replacement?

A Total Knee Replacement surgery, also known as Total Knee Arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to alleviate chronic knee pain and improve mobility in people with severe knee damage or arthritis. 

The surgery involves the removal and replacement of worn out and damaged end surfaces of the knee joint. The joint surfaces are resurfaced with metal components with a plastic liner in between so that there is no more painful bone rubbing on bone. These new components are specially designed to mimic the natural movement of a healthy knee, helping you move more comfortably and freely.

Total Knee Replacement is typically recommended for individuals who experience persistent knee pain, stiffness, and limited mobility that interfere with everyday activities like walking, climbing stairs, or getting up from a chair. The most common reasons people undergo Knee Replacement include:

  1. Osteoarthritis: A degenerative condition where the protective cartilage in the knee joint wears away over time, leading to pain and stiffness, also known as “wear and tear.”
  2. Rheumatoid Arthritis: An autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and damage to the knee joint.
  3. Post-Traumatic Arthritis: Arthritis that develops after a knee injury or fracture.
  4. Other Knee Conditions: Certain knee deformities, bone tumors, or failed previous knee surgeries may also necessitate knee replacement.
  1. Reduced Pain: Relief from chronic knee pain and discomfort.
  2. Improved Mobility: Increased range of motion and the ability to perform daily activities with greater ease.
  3. Enhanced Quality of Life: Regaining the ability to engage in hobbies, sports, and social activities that were limited by knee pain.
  4. Long-Term Results: Knee replacements are designed to be durable and can provide lasting improvement.

During the surgery, Dr. Bonner will make an incision to access your knee joint. The damaged portions of the knee joint, including the damaged cartilage and bone, will be carefully removed. The artificial components, made of metal and plastic, will then be securely placed to replace the removed parts. These implants work together to recreate the smooth gliding surface of a healthy knee joint, allowing for improved mobility and reduced pain.

Dr. Bonner also specializes in Robotic-Assisted Total Knee Replacement. You can read more about this innovative and exciting procedure here!

Most patients are now going home the same day or the next day after surgery. Patients often use a walker for the first 1-2 weeks to help provide some added stability and balance and progressively graduate to a cane and then off any assistive devices as you are able.

Physical therapy will play a crucial role in your rehabilitation process. After your stay in the hospital we will set up physical therapy to go to your home for the first two weeks. After two weeks, you will graduate to outpatient physical therapy to continue to work on your range of motion and strengthening. This can be done at a facility close to your home.

The first six weeks are especially important in maximizing how straight your knee can go (extension) and bend back (flexion). As you progress you can also begin to get back to your activities such as walking, hiking, golf and more!

Remember, Knee Replacement is a carefully considered option, and not everyone with knee pain requires surgery. Dr. Bonner will evaluate your individual case and discuss the best treatment plan for you.

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