- 06 July 2019
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How Knee Joint Replacement Can Help Me?
Let us discuss what is Knee Joint Replacement?
Knee replacement is usually carried out to treat osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis the breakdown of joint cartilage and underlying bone.
It is a surgical procedure in which a damaged knee can be replaced by a prosthesis ( an artificial body part). The knee joint is replaced with a prosthetic joint made from a metallic material or some special material. It can help you relieve pain and resume a normal lifestyle with improved joint function.
To whom and when is knee joint replacement is recommended?
Knee replacement is one of the most successful surgical procedures usually recommended for the people who are suffering from injury, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis where you experience difficulty in walking, bending, and flexing your knees due to inflammation and pain. It is suggested when all other conservative treatment options have failed to provide enough relief from knee pain.
Knee joint replacement is recommended for several reasons such as:
- you have, swelling, severe pain, and stiffness in your knee joints
- your mobility is reduced
- your knee pain is so severe that it interferes with your quality of life and sleep and everyday tasks
Chronic knee inflammation and swelling
- Knee deformity
- Failure of other non-surgical treatments
A knee replacement is major surgery, it is recommended if all other treatments failed such as physiotherapy or steroid injections
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, meet our orthopaedic surgeon. He will evaluate your knee condition and assess its motion, stability, strength, and functionality. He may conduct a physical examination, X-rays and blood tests, or advanced imaging such as a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to determine the extent of your knee pain and its ability to function.
Knee Replacement Procedure:
A minimally invasive knee replacement surgery, including resurfacing and replacement of sections of the femur (thighbone), tibia (Shin) and patella (knee cap), replacing it with a combination of metal and plastic prostheses made up of cobalt chrome, titanium, and polyethene (plastic). However, the type of knee replacement will be decided by your doctor depending on your knee condition.
The following are the different types of knee replacement surgeries:
- A posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) retaining
- A posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) substituting
- Rotating platform
How Knee Joint Replacement Can Help Me?
Studies reveal that 1 out of 4 patients with knee replacements are happy because of improved mobility, freedom from pain and improved quality of life. The following are the few ways a knee replacement can help you:
Pain Relief: Knee replacement surgery can help you relieve pain that you may experience while walking, running, standing, sitting and performing other regular activities. This surgery provides dramatic pain relief that results from degeneration of knee cartilage, advanced arthritis, or severe knee injuries.
Improved mobility: Knee pain prevents you from walking long distances, climbing stairs, sitting down or rising from chairs and creates an inability to take care of your family. Significant knee pain may also result in weight gain and ill health. Knee replacement helps patients resume a normal lifestyle as it corrects the loss of mobility.
Long lasting relief: The relief following the knee joint replacement is long lasting because of the advanced techniques used during the surgery. It significantly improves your overall quality of life by enhancing your knee mobility.
Better Treatment Response: Knee replacement will be an ideal option if the non-surgical treatments failed to provide enough relief from chronic knee inflammation and knee swelling. The non-surgical treatments for knee pain may include anti-inflammatory medications, lubricating injections, cortisone injections, and physical therapy.
High success and satisfaction rates: Knee replacements are one of the most successful surgical procedures that see very high patient satisfaction rates. More than 98% of patients are satisfied and happy with the surgical outcomes. The cause for dissatisfaction among the remaining patient can be because of chronic pain that continues even after the operation.
Knee replacement is a safe, successful procedure if performed by a skilled orthopaedic surgeon. Most knee replacements go smoothly without any significant complications involved. However, it is always suggested to educate yourself about knee replacement surgery before jumping right under the procedure. Talk to our SunShine Hospital’ orthopaedic surgeon and clarify your knee joint replacement FAQs.
About Sunshine Hospitals:
Sunshine Hospitals, Bhubaneswar is an ultramodern 125-bed, tertiary care hospital located in the heart of Bhubaneswar. Established in the year 2015 with a mission to provide quality healthcare services to the people of Odisha. Sunshine’s patient-first approach steers it steadily in the direction of ensuring that state-of-the-art technology meets state-of-the–heart services to produce positive patient outcomes.