Is knee replacement the right option for you? Knee replacement surgery, or arthroplasty, can help to relieve pain and restore function in severely diseased knee joints. This is a procedure that involves cutting away damaged bone and cartilage from your thighbone, shinbone, and kneecap, and replacing it with a prosthesis (artificial joint) made of metal and high-grade plastics.
In determining whether or not this is the right option for you, an orthopedic surgeon will assess your knee’s range of motion, strength, and stability. X-rays will determine the extent of arthritis in your knee, and your doctor will choose the best way to proceed.
Why a Knee Replacement?
Why should you consider knee replacement surgery? The most common reason that patients go through the procedure is to relieve severe pain, secondary to osteoarthritis. Those who need knee replacement surgery typically have a variety of problems, including walking, climbing stairs, and getting up and out of a sitting position, some also experience pain in their knees while at rest.
Risks of Knee Replacement Surgery
Like any surgery, knee replacement carries risks. These risks include;
- Blood clots in the vein or lungs
- Nerve damage
- Heart attack
If you’ve had knee replacement surgery, notify your doctor immediately if you notice the following symptoms;
- Shaking chills
- Increasing redness, tenderness, swelling and pain in the knee
- Drainage from the surgical site
Results of Knee Replacement Surgery
The result of knee replacement surgery should always be pain relief, improved mobility, and overall, a better quality of life. After recovery, you will be able to engage in low-impact activities, such as swimming, golfing, and biking. You should avoid engaging in higher impact activities after surgery such as jogging, skiing, and sports that could involve jumping.
Most knee replacements are expected to last over 15 years, it’s best to talk with your doctor to discuss your limitations and what activities are safe for you.
If you suffer from pain in your knee or are looking for more information, Atlantic Physical Therapy can help! Their highly qualified physical therapists can conduct an evaluation of your symptoms and match you with the treatment that you need. Contact the experts at Atlantic Physical Therapy to schedule an appointment.