DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm having knee replacement surgery next month. What can I do to speed my recovery and get back on my feet as quickly as possible?
DEAR READER: I'm glad you asked, because you are very important in making the outcome of your surgery completely successful. A knee replacement is major surgery. During the procedure, the surgeon removes damaged sections of your shin bone and thigh bone. He or she cuts the bone to precisely fit the shape of the replacement implant, then attaches the artificial joint at the knee.