Some of the common symptoms and indicators for the need of a knee replacement surgery are:
A Total Knee Replacement Surgery is usually required when the patient has a severely damaged or diseased knee, most commonly caused by Osteoarthritis, or an injury.
The doctor may diagnose the need for a knee replacement surgery based on:
Total Knee Replacement surgery involves cutting-off of the damaged cartilage and bone from the thigh bone, knee cap, and shin bone. This is then replaced with an artificial joint made up of high grade plastics, metal alloys, and polymers.
Whether or not a knee replacement surgery is the right option for you is determined by the doctor based on the extent of damage, strength and stability of the knee and its range of motion.
The doctor establishes a treatment plan based on the patient’s age, weight, level of activity, overall health, and the shape & size of the knee.
Total Knee Replacement surgery is minimally invasive and thereby, a low risk surgery. However, some of the associated risks and complications of a total knee replacement surgery include:
If the patient experiences fever, chills, drainage from the site of surgery, and redness/swelling/pain in the knee that is on a constant rise, schedule an appointment with the doctor immediately. These symptoms could be indicators of a possible infection.
if the patient experiences fever, chills, drainage from the site of surgery, and increasing redness/swelling/pain in the knee, get in touch with the doctor immediately.
Apart from this, it is important to maintain a regular exercise routine once fully recovered, to keep your joints functioning, flexible and strong.
A total knee replacement surgery lasts for about 2 hours.
Risks and complications involved in total knee replacement surgery include infection, nerve damage, pneumonia, heart attack, stroke, and blood clot.
You will have to stay in the hospital for about 5-7 days after a total knee replacement surgery.
If you experience increasing redness/swelling/pain in the knee, fever or chills, or drainage from the site of surgery, you must get in touch with your doctor immediately.