Knee Replacement Surgery is a procedure that involves replacing an injured or ailing knee with an artificial joint, or prosthesis.The procedure to remove your old knee and replace it with a prosthesis usually takes less than two hours, but recovery and rehabilitation can last months.
Sometimes, either the socket of the Knee or the thighbone is injured or becomes diseased. This can result in pain, trouble with walking, or difficulty with everyday tasks. You may have already tried pain relief methods such as medications, physical therapy, supports, or braces. If the pain doesn’t subside, your doctor may recommend Knee replacement surgery.
There are four basic steps to a knee replacement procedure.
After surgery your surgeon and a physiotherapist or physical therapist will work together to set recovery and movement guidelines. Initially these include passive exercises, before progressing to gentle knee-bending exercises and walking. Ongoing exercises are designed to increase the range of motion of the new joint and to strengthen the surrounding muscles, particularly the thigh muscle (quadricep). Strength in the quadricep will help to keep the knee joint stable, therefore protecting the new joint.
The success of the surgery depends on following the recovery and movement instructions while in hospital and on carrying out the prescribed exercises when at home.
The time spent in hospital can vary from about 5 to 7 days. The healthcare team (surgeon, physiotherapist or physical therapist and nurses) will make an ongoing assessment of recovery and will recommend when going home is appropriate. A part of the healthcare team’s assessment will be to discuss if special equipment needs to be installed to assist at home or if home help needs to be arranged.
knee replacement surgery is considered for patients whose knee joints have been damaged by either progressive arthritis, trauma, or other rare destructive diseases of the joint. The most common reason for knee replacement in the United States is severe osteoarthritis of the knees.
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