Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Following Your Work Injury Your Doctor Tells You That You Need A Knee Replacement. Now What?

Years after sustaining a ligament tear in your knee after a work injury, your doctor told you that you need a knee replacement.  What the heck is a knee replacement?  The term your doctor may use is "total knee arthroplasty"  This is a surgery that replaces the worn out and damaged surface of your knee joint with artificial hardware.  It is can be performed directly after you sustain your Minnesota workers compensation injury or even many years later.  Never assume that your old workers compensation case is closed when it comes time to any surgery!  Always consult an attorney.

There are two forms of knee replacement that your surgeon may offer.   The first is a total knee replacement and the worn surfaces of your entire knee are surgically removed and replaced with artificial joints. The second is a partial knee replacement.  This is performed where possible on injured workers with less widespread knee problems.  This surgery consists of repairing only parts of the damaged joint rather than the entire knee joint.

Though a knee replacement is a relatively common procedure, at Atkinson Law Office, P.A. we have found that many doctors perform a knee replacement surgery as a last resort.  Often your surgeon will try other methods to reduce pain and inflammation including medications, injections, and physical therapy.  If your pain and/or knee instability continues, this surgery often proves to be a successful solution. 

If you have sustained a knee injury of any kind, please contact Atkinson Law Office today.  Our attorneys have nearly 50 years of combined experience in work related and personal injuries involving knee injuries.  At any given time we have dozens of current clients like you who have similar knee injuries.  We know who are the best doctors in Minnesota and throughout the country to assist you.  Over the years our office has helped hundreds and thousands of injured workers like you.  There is NEVER a fee unless we recover benefits for you and you will NEVER personally write a check to our firm even in the unlikely chance that we can't assist you.  Contact us today at 651-333-3636.