Are you getting ready for joint replacement surgery? Whether it be knee replacement surgery or hip replacement surgery, there are a few key facts to know and important tasks to do to get ready for joint replacement surgery. Knowing what to expect in recovery is also very important.Read More >
When you think about the procedure, knee replacement surgery can be intimidating. But the majority of people who have a complete knee replaced experience vast improvement and return comfortably to their normal lives. With that in mind, there are some simple steps that will move you toward a smooth knee replacement surgery recovery.Read More >
Knee replacement surgery is a major procedure that requires significant thought and consideration. Known to be one of the most common joint replacement procedures, each year over 500,000 people make the decision, and undergo knee replacement surgery. Now you’ve made the commitment for major surgery, so what’s next? You should feel good knowing that you’re in the right direction to a quality of life. Knowing the signs and symptoms when considering total knee replacement is helpful for potential candidates.Read More >
Post surgery recovery tips for knee replacement surgery is more important than you may think. Knee replacement surgery is an operation in which damaged bones and cartilage in the knee joint are replaced with prosthetic ones made from plastic and metal. It can give you a better quality of life and benefits many patients. This is a major operation however and should not be entered into lightly.Read More >
Knee and hip pain can really put a dent in day to day activities and quality of life. As a result, especially in cases of severe arthritis, knee and hip replacements have become a fairly common solution. But before going under the knife, there are some questions that should be asked.
The first should be if there are any non-surgical solutions. Before surgery is considered, there are things such as weight loss and exercise that may help. Medications, injections, and braces may also help. When those have all been tried and surgery has been decided on, there are other questions you should ask your doctor. Questions such as…
- How much will the surgery improve my pain and/or quality of life?
- What are the possible problems I may face as a result of the surgery?
- What are the different types of replacements?
- Will I be under general or regional anesthesia?
- How many of these surgeries has my doctor performed and what were the results?
- Should I make any changes around the house and how much assistance will I need when I get home?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- How much pain will I feel?
- What will my pain management consist of?
- How long before I’m up and around again?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Can I do the therapy at home or will I need to go someplace for it?
- Is there anything I won’t be able to do after the surgery?
- When can I drive, and return to work?
- How long can I expect the joint to last?
Knee and hip replacement can make huge improvements in quality of life and can lessen pain drastically. But it’s important to know all your options before undergoing it, and it’s also important to know what’s going to happen before, during, and after the surgery. So don’t hesitate to ask your doctor any and all questions you may have.
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Knee replacement surgery, which is also known as arthroplasty, is a procedure in which damaged or diseased parts of the knee joint are removed and replaced with prosthetic implants made of metal and steel.
Patients who are good candidates for this operation usually have severe osteoarthritis and experience knee pain that does not respond to medications. This pain often wakes them up at night and does not reduce sufficiently with rest during the day. Patients with less severe osteoarthritis who cannot tolerate the side effects of their medications are others who can be considered for knee replacement surgery.
Persons with functional impairment in which the activities of daily living are affected are other good candidates for this operation. These limitations can include impaired walking and especially the climbing of stairs that necessitates the use of a walking aid.
Patients with knee swelling that does not respond to treatment and that limits bending or straightening the knee are others who can benefit from this operation. Those with very stiff knees that make it difficult for them to get in and out of a car or bath tub can also benefit from knee arthroplasty.
Patients who develop secondary osteoarthritis after knee infections, poorly treated fractures and tears of the menisci and cruciate ligaments are other good candidates for knee replacement surgery.
Severe rheumatoid arthritis and gouty arthritis are other types of arthritis that affect the knee to such an extent that the person’s occupation and social life are interfered with and thus necessitate knee arthroplasty.
Patients who have damaged knee bones due to bone cancer, unusual bone growth from bone dysplasias or death of some parts of the bone due to blood supply problems are others who can benefit from this operation.
Persons with deformities with significant bowing in or out of the knee are others who may require knee replacement surgery.
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Knee replacement surgery is an operation which is performed when the joint is destroyed by conditions like arthritis and cancer. In this procedure the damaged bones and cartilages are removed and replaced with artificial implants made of metal and plastics according to Mayo Clinic.
Knee replacement surgery can be total, partial or minimally invasive. During total knee replacement, the patient is given anesthesia to block pain before the orthopedic surgeon makes a cut on the skin over the joint, removes the destroyed tissues and replaces them with a prosthetic joint. This implant is secured in position with bone cement and the wound closed with sutures or stitches.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine states that partial knee replacement surgery involves removing the damaged tissues from only one side or compartment of the knee. Candidates for partial knee replacement surgery are those with minor deformities of the knee who still have a good range of joint motion. Though most of these patients are relatively inactive older patients, they are not morbidly obese.
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons minimally invasive knee replacement surgery utilizes a smaller incision on the skin and the cutting of fewer muscles to expose and replace the damaged joint. Though the same implants are used for both total knee replacement and minimally invasive replacement, special surgical instruments are used to prepare the bones and insert them. Candidates for minimally invasive knee replacement are younger and healthier than those who undergo the traditional surgery. They are also not very muscular or overweight and they tend to never have had prior knee operations.
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Weighing the positives and negatives of hip or knee replacement surgery means finding out if you’re the “right patient.” Enjoying a more active lifestyle and dealing with less pain are the obvious benefits. But, the inherent risks of surgery–infections and complications–must always be considered.
Dr. Tariz Nayfeh, MD, PhD, and assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore MD says that…
“Joint replacement surgery can be … life-changing … but it won’t help everyone with hip or knee pain.”
Nayfeh explains the cautions of this surgery for certain people. Joint replacement may not help you if you have these problems:
- recent infections (which could spread to the surgical site)
- history of heart attack, stroke or diabetes
- scans showing no damage in joint
- pain when resting
WebMD experts describe the basic criteria for the appropriate candidate for hip or knee replacement. You will likely benefit from the procedure if you’ve had:
- severe, chronic pain, lasting at least six months
- difficulty walking, getting up from a chair, climbing stairs or other normal activities
- pain that affects quality of daily life and mood
- joint and bone damage in x-rays and other imaging
- failure of non-surgical treatments such as walkers, injections and medications
- a knee that is swollen or deformed
Joint replacements are now considered common, and are successful in pain relief and increased mobility for about 90% of patients. However, the benefits must be considered along with the risks, when you’re deciding whether or not to have a surgical knee or hip replacement.
Original article: www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/knee-hip-replacement-14/candidate-surgery
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For many people, total knee replacement surgery is a welcome alternative to what may have been years of knee pain, limited mobility, and an all-around decrease in quality of life. But knee replacement is a major surgery, only to be used as a remedy after all other non-surgical options have been exhausted, and may involve a good amount of post-surgery rehabilitation. And ultimately, a great deal of the success of the surgery is in our hands.
So what are some things we can do to make sure we do everything we can to support the process? Here are some pre-surgery tips from WebMd:
(for the complete list see the article “Knee and Hip Replacement for OA: The Facts” on www.WebMD.com)
Learn as much about the procedure and rehabilitation as possible. Be specific.
Get in shape
Upper body strength is extremely important if crutches or a walker will be used after the surgery. Allina Health has a list of suggested exercises, complete with diagrams. (http://www.allinahealth.org/ac/patiented.nsf/page/knee_exercises)
Smoking can slow down wound healing and recovery time.
Find out about the rehab exercises, and if possible start doing them before the surgery.
Prepare your home and arrange for post-op help
If your bedroom’s on the second floor, a first floor sleeping arrangement might be a good idea. Make sure all trip hazards such as throw rugs are put away, and hallways are clear and able to accommodate crutches or a walker. Ask a neighbor for help walking the dog, or better yet, find someone who could stay with you for a while after the surgery.
Healthline offers the following post-operative advice for a successful recovery & rehab:
- Follow the doctor’s and physical therapist’s orders; take medicine as prescribed, go to all follow-up appointments and physical therapy sessions, do the recommended exercises.
- Avoid unnecessary stress on the knee.
- If compression stockings are recommended, wear them as directed and for as long as directed. They can help prevent blood clots.
- Avoid alcohol and smoking. The alcohol can interact badly with certain medicines, and smoking, as mentioned earlier, can slow down the healing process.
- Stay positive. The recovery process may be stressful and even painful at times. According to Healthline, some experts believe that as much as 50% of a successful knee replacement is due to the patient’s attitude and willingness to do what’s required during rehab.
To read the entire Healthline article, go to http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/total-knee-replacement-surgery-success#12.
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For any person considering a total knee replacement, understanding the process is very important. It will give you a greater understanding of the procedure and recovery. Total joint placement, also known as arthroplasty, involves hospitalization to surgically remove the diseased or damaged knee joint. The damaged joint is replaced, during a less than two hour process if no complications, with an artificial one also known as prosthesis. As long as the surgery is a success, patients are usually standing and walking with crutches or a walker the following day and hospitalized for 3-5 days. After total knee replacement mobility is restored and pain relief can be felt almost immediately to the knee.
There are some situations that cause people to postpone knee replacement surgery, including fear. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine (2014) “Many people put off having knee replacement surgery, even when their doctor has assured them that surgery is an appropriate option. Often they feel their pain isn’t bad enough to warrant joint repair. But studies show that waiting until your pain and loss of function are substantial can make joint surgery more difficult and reduce your chance of re-gaining good function.” Even though people believe that fear is a good reason to put off total knee replacement, obesity makes more sense medically. Obesity makes any surgery more risky due to health issues both known and underlying.
Surgery for anyone can result in complications, including blood clots in the legs, or worse, and infection at the surgical site. If caught in time most infections can be treated with antibiotics, but if it spreads down to the joint it may need to be removed and replaced. The possibility of infection can arise for up to two years after surgery, even though preventive actions may only decrease infection rates by up to 3%. Overall, it’s still important to take oral antibiotics for any infection, before dental work and even before urinary exams.
After release from the hospital the patient is still responsible for participating in rehabilitation to help continue building strength and regaining flexibility. Additional techniques are used by your therapist, like massage and applications of cold to help minimize swelling. Recovery from knee replacement, with rehabilitation, is usually about 80% complete within four weeks. It takes about a year or better for full recovery.
Medical Disclaimer: Always consult with your physician and therapist before starting a new exercise routine or if you have any health care-related questions.
Johns Hopkins Medicine: What Happens During Knee Replacement (n.d.). Retrieved from
Weighing the Pros and Cons of Knee Replacement Surgery (n.d.). Retrieved from
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