Knee replacement surgery is one of the great advances in medical technology and technique. It is one of the most routine and successful surgeries that help one to again lead an active and satisfying life. Most patients have been forced to give up some activities because their knee pain has robbed them, but now with the help of knee replacement surgery they can regain their life’s simple pleasure.
Just like any other operation, knee replacement surgery has risks as well as benefits. However, most people who have a knee replacement surgery do not experience serious complications. Rarely in 20 cases, complication occurs and mostly they are minor and can be successfully treated.
In knee replacement surgery, your affected knee surfaces will be replaced by a plastic joint or an artificial metal, called as prosthesis. This will significantly reduce your pain, swelling and improve your range of motion as well.
Benefits of Knee Replacement Surgery
Here are number of benefits that knee replacement will offer you:
� Make you more able to move: Although artificial knee won’t be as good as real natural knee was in its prime, but it noticeably increase the range of motion. Most importantly you can lead normal and active lifestyle with the help of this surgery.
� Greatly reduce the knee pain: As per the Orthopaedic Surgeons, more than 90% of knee replacement patients experience a fiercely reduction of knee pain.
� Improve your overall lifestyle: With great mobility and less pain, anyone can be able to perform daily tasks and can lead a more comfortable and independent life. But make sure you will still need to avoid high impact activities as they might overload the new knees.
� Relish the years of performance: Gradual loosening of the prosthesis is the most common long term problem, mainly because of your weight and activity level effects.
Risks involved in Knee Replacement Surgery
The complication risks are almost low in this surgery. Your surgeon and Anaesthetist can answer questions you may have about your personal risks from the surgery itself. Many of the post surgery complications don’t actually affect the new knee joint.
� Wound infection: The infection of wound can be easily treated with antibiotics, but sometimes it can become deeply infected and thus require further surgery and rarely it may require artificial knee joint replacement.
� Unexpected bleeding into the knee joint
� Adverse reactions to anesthesia
� Blood clot may form in the leg veins during the first few weeks after surgery. They can be treated with the special support stockings and starting exercise soon after surgery can help you in this.
� Deadness in the area around the wound scar
� Artery or nerve damage in the area around the knee joint
� Sometimes kneecap become dislocated and usually a surgery can repair this
� Some patient may experience an allergic reaction to the bone cement if is used in your procedure.
The knee replacement will last at least 15-20 years, especially if properly cared and not put under too much strain.