The knee joint is among the strongest largest and most complex joints of the body and it also the largest joint in the human body. It bears the full weight of the body. Knee replacement is a surgical procedure in which damaged parts of the knee joint are replaced with artificial parts. This procedure can relieve pain and allow you to be more active. Knee replacements are usually performed on people suffering from painful arthritic conditions of the knee severe enough to limit one's normal day to day activities. Most people who have artificial knees are over age 55, but the procedure is also offered to younger people with knee degeneration if their quality of life is severely affected. Knee replacement can relieve pain and allow you to be more active.
- Relief from joint pain
- Increased mobility
- Correction of deformity (straight legs)
- Increased leg strength (if you exercise)
- Improved quality of life
- Ability to return to normal activities.
Risks involved in knee replacement are:
- Nerve damage
- Blood clots in the leg vein or lungs
- Knee stiffness
- Heart attack
During your stay in hospital, a physiotherapist will teach you exercises to help strengthen your knee. You can usually begin these the day after your operation. It is very important that you follow the physiotherapist's advice to avoid complications or dislocation of your new joint. You will usually be in hospital for 6 to 10 days. Patients who have had a half knee replacement usually have a shorter hospital stay.
You may be given some specific exercises to do. You may also be given advice on taking short walks and carrying out normal household activities, such as walking up and down stairs. These exercises will help restore your movement and strengthen your new knee. Even after you have recovered, it is best to avoid extreme movements or sports where there is a risk of falling, such as skiing or riding a bicycle.
After Surgery, Make Sure You Also Do The Following:
- Participate in regular light exercise programs to maintain proper strength and mobility of your new knee.
- Take special precautions to avoid falls and injuries.
- Notify your dentist that you had a knee replacement. You should be given antibiotics before all dental surgery for the rest of your life.
- See your Orthopaedic surgeon periodically for a routine follow-up examination and X-rays, usually once a year.
Ortho-One Orthopedic Centre use the most advanced and latest techniques to replace the knee joint with an artificial one that relieves pain, allows you to strengthen your legs, corrects the leg deformity and improves the quality of life. Dr. David V. Rajan, One of the leading orthopedic surgeons inIndia currently working at Ortho-One Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. The knee replacementcost is very low in India as compared to other western countries like USA, UK, Canada, Germany etc.
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