Understand Knee Joint Replacement Surgery
Suffering from excessive knee pain? But puzzled whether to go for a surgery or not? What is the right time for knee replacement surgery? What are the side effects? Is it safe enough? These questions trouble a lot of minds. Most people are in double mind before going for such herculean surgery. Let’s try and solve all your concerns related to knee replacement surgery.
Knee Replacement Surgery involves replacing an ailing or weak knee with a prosthesis. Knee replacement surgery is usually required in three conditions; Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis. In osteoarthritis, the cushioning between the joints starts to wear off, this causes more friction against the bones of the joint when they move. This rubbing results in severe pain, stiffness, and inability to move around much or as quickly.
In Rheumatoid: the synovial membrane becomes inflamed causing cartilage pain, loss, and stiffness.
Post-traumatic Arthritis: the fracturing of the bones near the knee or tearing of the knee ligament, disabling the knee to function more.
When to go for Surgery
While many of you must be suffering from knee pain and wondering whether to go for surgery or use other remedies to cure it. Knee joint replacement is generally opted when other less invasive treatments fail to cure and relieve the pain. However, when one starts suffering majorly from pain, so much that the pain starts interfering with daily activities like walking, climbing etc. or when the knee becomes deformed, bows regularly, they should immediately consider knee joint replacement surgery. Knee pain is directly proportional to age and weight. Increasing age and weight gain, results in weakening of knee joints.
A cut is made near or above the knee, the damaged cartilage and bone are cut away. A new knee joint is fixed using specialised cement and screws. This replaced metal component creates a surface for the joint. A medical plastic spacer is inserted between the joints for smoother rubbing of the joints. The incision is stitched and closed.
Post-surgery, physical therapy is advised for some time to make the joints smooth and remove stiffness. With time, the pain will reduce and the patient will be able to move around freely without any restriction or pain. Knee replacement surgery has proved to be fairly successful in reducing joint pain. The patients may be advised to follow some precautionary measures post-surgery for some time to avoid complications.
What’s stopping you now? For effective and successful knee joint replacement surgery visit PSRI and start participating again in regular routine activities. Experienced surgeons at PSRI aim at improving patient’s knee motion and enhancing their way of living. Know more about it here http://www.psrihospital.com/ or book an appointment at 91 – 011 – 30611700.