Total Knee Replacement – What you Need to Know?
When the knee is damaged due to arthritis, any disease or trauma & problem is increased causing pain & deformity in the knee then knee replacement surgery is done. Around 2, 00,000 knee replacement surgeries are done in India annually, and the number is rising. It is one of the successful surgeries of the modern times.
What is knee replacement surgery?
Knee replacement surgery is performed to replace the damaged or diseased bone and cartilage in your knee joint. The artificial joint is used to enable the joint to move in a same natural way. Depending upon the condition of your damaged knee partial or total knee replacement is done based on the following symptoms.
- If your knee pain is severe and interferes with your quality of life.
- Stiffness and puffiness in your knee joint that reduces your movement and everyday tasks and making it difficult to walk.
Can a person return to normal life after knee replacement surgery?
No pain, being able to walk and perform daily activities which is impossible earlier is the biggest benefit of TKR. A patient can do all routine activities after knee replacement surgery, even cycling and swimming is possible.
How much time does it take for recovery?
Recovery depends upon patient’s pre-operative level & stage of arthritis. Usually patients start walking in the hospital itself.
Do you require physiotherapy after knee replacement?
With new techniques and newer implants, there is a minimal requirement of physiotherapy. Usually patient doesn’t require physiotherapy at home.
How long does artificial joint last?
Modern implants can last up to 30 years.
Which implant is suitable for me?
The implant is chosen on basis of patient’s age and condition of joint at the time of surgery. “Every good implant is expensive or every expensive implant is good” that is not the case. A decision regarding implant should be made after consulting with operating surgeon.