If I Need a Total Knee Replacement, What Are My Options?

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When a surgeon considers a patient for a total knee replacement, she takes into account the patient’s age, lifestyle, and damage to the joint.  In addition, a surgeon’s decision to use one procedure over another, or one type of implant over another, often depends on that surgeon’s training and clinical situation.

Each implant design has advantages and disadvantages, but whichever implant your surgeon decides to go with, it’s good to know that total knee replacement surgeries offer among the greatest success rates of all orthopedic operations. Nevertheless, we advise you to research your options so that you can intelligently discuss with your surgeon what approach will be best for you.

cflmedical.com  is a National Public-Awareness Campaign for Knee and Hip Joint Replacement Candidates. The CFlmedical National Consumer Awareness Campaign’s mission is to raise patient awareness of the options available to persons diagnosed s a knee or hip joint replacement candidates by providing an Internet portal for awareness of the latest advances in joint replacement materials, their longevity and suitability for various applications.

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What You Should Know About Knee Replacement Surgery – Factors to Consider

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It is very normal for the older as well as the middle aged people to suffer from knee pain. While you will find plenty of treatments for this type of pain, there are some people who get severe pain in their knees and they are unable to carry on with their normal life because of this. All the treatments do not work and the only option available to them is the knee replacement surgery.

Perhaps one of the main reasons why many people consider knee replacement surgery is because they have a degenerative joint disease that causes permanent pain to their knees. Due to wear and tear, it is very normal for the older population to suffer from knee pain due to the aging of the joint.

The main reason why many people opt for knee replacement surgery is to get relieve from the knee pain caused by degenerative arthritis. The main causes of knee pain are ligament tears, cartilage defects, osteoarthritis, meniscus tears, etc. The knee replacement surgery can be total knee replacement or partial knee replacement. This depends on how serious the condition is and what the doctor recommends. Basically, the surgery will involve the removal of the damaged or diseased joint surfaces and in their places, plastic or metal components are used.

So how will you know whether you should opt for this surgery?

If your symptoms include the following then maybe it is high time that you thought about this solution to your knee problem:

1. Difficulty in walking or moving your leg.
2. Permanent pain in the knee.
3. When the joint swells.

Usually, the knee implants can last for two decades but then again some implants can last for more than this period of time. Generally, the knee replacement surgery will last for about an hour and half. However, you may have to spend a little more time in the operation theater. After the surgery, you will discover that there is an incision of about eight inches on your knee. Metals clips (staples) will be used to close the incision and they will be used for about fourteen days. At the time of removing the clips, it usually does not cause any pain.

You will have to consider a lot of things before you choose to have the knee replacement surgery done. Once you see a doctor, he will be able to give you detailed information about the surgery and he will also inform you what you will be required to do.

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All about Knee Replacement … Its Types, Benefits and Risks

2If you have experienced severe knee pain and restricted knee mobility and you may have tried various form of therapies including physiotherapy, physical therapy, injections in the knee joint without much relief. In this case the final and only Treatment available is Total Knee Replacement.

Severe pain, rigidity and stiffness in the knee joint is due to wear and tear of the knee Cartilage.

Knee replacement surgery is considered only for those people with severely damaged knee joints who can no longer be helped sufficiently by other means, such as weight loss, activity modifications, anti-inflammatory medications or cortisone injections.

Knee replacement is a surgical procedure, whereby, the diseased knee joint is replaced with artificial material such as metal and plastic Implants. The artificial components of a total knee replacement are referred to as the ‘prosthesis’.

Types

There are two types of knee replacement procedure one is partial and the other is total. This is based on the compartments that are replaced. There are three compartments in the knee joint, if all three are replaced then it is called a TotalKnee Replacement, if only one or two compartment are replaced , it is called as a partial knee replacement.

Total Knee Replacement (TKR) surgery is one of the most important and consistently successful orthopaedic procedures today.

During a total knee replacement, the surgeon eradicates damaged cartilage from the knee joint and then replaces it with an artificial implant made of metal or plastic that functions parallel to a normal knee.Partial Knee Replacement (PKR) is reasonably persistent surgery that is generally considered, when the pain is there in one part of the three knee’s compartments knee.

Benefits

Knee replacement helps to alleviate knee pain, develop muscle strength and correct deformities. After your surgery, you can get back to your daily chores & can walk without a stick.

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