When you have a knee injury or arthritis, particularly osteoarthritis, the damage, inflammation, and pain can limit your ability to flex and extend your knees which later results in knee replacement surgery. Due to the deterioration of your joint and surrounding tissue, it gets difficult to perform basic daily activities, even sitting and lying down, for that matter doctors usually recommend Knee replacement surgery, which is a common solution for people whose knees have become too worn from deterioration.
Knee replacement surgery provides dramatic pain relief for more than 90 percent of those who’ve undergone this surgery. In this surgery, the best neurosurgeon in India from the best hospitals in India removes some bone and cartilage from the areas of your thighbone and shin bone, where they meet at your knee joint. The surgeon later replaces the knee area of the patient’s thighbone with a metal implant and the knee area of the patient’s shinbone with a plastic implant which gives both bones of their knee joint smooth surfaces again so they can flex and bend more freely and painlessly.
Here are five things to know about your newest body part.
1. It won’t feel exactly like your old knee.
Once an individual undergoes a knee replacement surgery he/she will have less pain and may notice other strange differences. For example, his/her new knee may click and pop which is the sound of the metal and plastic in your implant rubbing against each other. If it doesn’t hurt, the patient doesn’t need to worry. He/she might have trouble kneeling. Bending down won’t harm the new joint. But most of all people who have knee replacement surgery say they don’t like the feeling when they kneel.
2. You can do (almost) everything as before.
Post a knee replacement surgery the patient can usually expect huge improvements in pain and mobility. But if the patient has never ran a mile in his/her life, he/she won’t win races with his/her new knee. In fact, most surgeons recommend the patient to stay away from high-impact exercises like jogging or jumping rope, even if you did them before. The sheer force can loosen or break patient’s implant or make it wear out faster. The patient can still have lots of other ways to stay active. He/She can walk, swim, bike, do light hikes, and even play doubles tennis. Weight training can also help them and give them stronger muscles and bones.
3. New knee will be there for a long while.
Almost 99 percent of people find that their new body part holds up for at least 20 years. Even 2 decades after their surgery, patients who’ve had their knee replaced tend to be more physically active than their same-age peers with natural knee joints.
4. You may need new habits for your knee.
After a knee replacement surgery, the patient must avoid lifting anything more than 20 pounds as it can stress the joints too much. Don’t jerk the leg with the implant and Turn by taking small steps. Even if the patient able to return back to full normal after the surgery, they need to mind their artificial knee for the rest of their life.
5. Sometimes, you have to have repeat surgery.
More than two-thirds of knee surgeries are done within the first year, usually because the joint gets infected. Repeat surgeries that happen later more often involve a loose implant, which can be more painful or can leave the patient’s knee unstable. The patient should always keep a watch on their artificial joint.
Knee Replacement surgery is considered to be a routine procedure. Most patients are aged between 50 and 80 years who undergo knee replacement surgery. Over 90 percent of patients experience a dramatic improvement in pain levels and mobility if they get their treatment done from the top hospitals in India. As long as the patient follows the instructions of their neurosurgeon for knee care, in 90 percent of cases, a replacement knee still functions well after 15 years, and 80 to 85 percent of replacements last 20 years.