Who undergo knee replacement surgery?
Generally patients with a history of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis undergo this surgery. When your knee gets severely damaged due to arthritis or injury it becomes hard to perform simple day-to-day activities, such as walking, climbing stairs or even sitting etc., and then doctors prescribe a knee replacement surgery.
Remember, age is not a determinant factor for it. The surgery can be performed on people aged between 50-80 years facing degenerative arthritis to even teenagers with juvenile arthritis. The decision to undergo knee replacement is solely based your intensity of pain, discomfort in daily activities, and disability.
What is the knee replacement surgery procedure?
Knee replacement (knee arthroplasty) operation is removing the surface of the damaged knee bones and replacing them with artificial implants. These implants are made up of metal alloys, ceramic material, or strong plastic parts, which are joined to your knee bone by acrylic cement. The type of implant in a knee replacement surgery depends upon various factors such as your age, weight, health, and lifestyle. Your orthopedic surgeon would discuss in detail with you about which type of implant best suited in your case.
Recovery after the knee replacement surgery
After the knee replacement surgery, you would be made to move your knee joints the very next day with the help of your assigned physiotherapist by the hospital. Initially, you will be helped to walk with parallel bars in hospital, and later using crutches, walker, or cane till your knee is able to completely support your body weight. The stay at hospital is of about four to five days.