The total knee arthroplasty is done for knee joint pain reduction, enhances mobility without causing pain and discomfort and it is relatively safe in terms of complications and mortality.
In determining whether a knee replacement is required for you or not, an orthopaedic surgeon assesses your knee's range of motion, stability and strength. X-rays and MRI scan helps to determine the extent of the damage.
Your doctor will remove the damaged surfaces of the knee joint and resurface the knee joint with the prosthesis. The knee prosthesis is made up of metal and plastic. The most common type of artificial knee prosthesis is a cemented prosthesis.
The surgery may take 1-3 hours to complete the single knee replacement surgery.
The cost of brow lift surgery varies from 3500 to 4500$ USD. The cost of a unilateral total knee replacement depends on the type of prosthesis that you wish to implant. The cost also depends on the type of facility that you approach for the procedure.
Your doctor can choose from a variety of knee replacement prosthesis and surgical techniques, considering your age, weight, activity level, knee size and shape, and overall health.
This will vary from patient to patient. It has been seen that over 90% of knee replacements function well at 10 to 15 years post-op.
A patient who has knee replacement surgery will be hospitalized for 1 to 3 days, depending on how well they follow and respond to rehabilitation. In some cases, it requires an in-hospital stay of several days.
Patients need to wear the bandage for approximately 1 week or until the wound is completely dry. This bandage should be changed daily with new dry sterile gauze.
Compression stockings are not required after the surgery.
According to most Orthopedic surgeons, it can take up to 3 months to recover completely from a knee replacement surgical procedure. Patients can normally drive again after 4to 6 weeks, and return to work after 6 to 8 weeks.
Yes, physical therapy sessions aim to strengthen the knee. These may be painful, but they significantly reduce the risk of future complications. It may be provided for the next 3 months.
Yes, Initially the patient with start with the non-operated leg when going upstairs and lead with the operated leg when going down the stairs. Once the leg gets stronger (after about 1 month), the patient can use the stairs in a more regular pattern.
Total knee replacements have low complication rates. Possible complications include Infection, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism, sometimes fracture and nerve damage- leading to numbness or weakness.