The most common procedure of joint is a knee replacement. Every year around 1 million knee replacement procedure is performed. It can be quite difficult to know when you have to get the surgery.
When is the right time to have the replacement?
The knee replacement surgery is performed when the pain in the knee joint cannot be controlled properly. This means that the symptoms you are experiencing cannot be controlled by the non-operative ways of treatment. In the surgery, the surgeon removes the part which is damaged and replaces it with a plastic and metal implant.
Choosing to get surgery is definitely a big decision. You need to get surgery when the pain is not going away, so you cannot do your work effectively. If anything is unclear, then you should seek the help of the specialist to know everything in more detail.
Is any other option there except for replacement?
There are some cases, in which the doctor suggests to try non-operative ways before undergoing the surgery. There can include reducing the weight, taking joint supplements, Hyaluronic Acid (e.g., Synvisc) Injections, anti-inflammatory medication, modifying the activity, and cortisone injection. In most cases, these methods might not prove beneficial, but patients can address their suffering from knee arthritis and need replacement.
Knee Replacement Implant
With this procedure, the damaged joint lining is removed, and the joint surface is replaced, which helps the knee function similarly to a normal knee. Over the years, the technique has been modified a lot to achieve the best possible results, which last for a long time. Some additional options for implants are custom knee replacements, gender-specific knee replacements, rotating knee replacements, and partial knee replacements.
In some cases, the patient gets benefit from a specific type of implant which helps in addressing the instability or deformity in a better way. Make sure you consult the doctor so that they recommend to you which one will suit your condition the best.
The procedure of Knee Replacement
When the surgery is performed, the bone and cartilage are removed from the end of the thigh bone and the top of the shin bone. They are removed by using the instruments, which help create a surface perfect for the implant.
Risk Involved in the surgery
Surgery involves potential risks, such as blood clots, infection, stiffness, and loss.
If you want further information or have any questions, visit our orthopedic hospital and consult the doctor regarding your doubts.