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Knee Replacement Surgery FAQs- Your Comprehensive Guide

08 May 2024

Knee Replacement | Dr. Pankaj Bajaj
Knee Replacement Surgery FAQs- Your Comprehensive Guide

Knee Replacement Surgery FAQs: Your Comprehensive Guide

Knee replacement surgery, also known as knee arthroplasty, is a common orthopedic procedure performed to relieve pain and restore function in individuals with severe knee arthritis or injury. If you're considering knee replacement surgery, you likely have questions about the procedure, recovery, and outcomes. In this blog, we'll address some frequently asked questions (FAQs) to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of what to expect before, during, and after surgery.

1. Who is a candidate for Knee Replacement Surgery?

Knee replacement surgery is typically recommended for individuals who have severe knee pain that limits daily activities, significant joint stiffness, and reduced quality of life despite conservative treatments such as medication and physical therapy. Your orthopedic surgeon will evaluate your medical history, perform a physical examination, and may order imaging tests to determine if you're a suitable candidate for surgery.

2. What happens during Knee Replacement Surgery?

During knee replacement surgery, the damaged portions of the knee joint are replaced with artificial implants made of metal, plastic, or a combination of both. The surgery is performed under general or regional anesthesia, and the orthopedic surgeon makes an incision over the knee to access the joint. The damaged cartilage and bone are then removed, and the implants are secured in place to restore the natural movement of the knee.

3. What is recovery like after Knee Replacement Surgery?

Recovery from knee replacement surgery varies from person to person but typically involves a combination of pain management, physical therapy, and gradual return to activities. Patients are encouraged to begin moving the knee soon after surgery to prevent stiffness and promote healing. Physical therapy plays a crucial role in restoring strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the knee joint. Most patients can expect to resume daily activities within a few weeks and gradually increase their level of activity over time.

4. What are the risks associated with Knee Replacement Surgery?

Like any surgical procedure, knee replacement surgery carries certain risks, including infection, blood clots, implant loosening, and nerve damage. However, advances in surgical techniques, anesthesia, and post-operative care have significantly reduced the likelihood of complications. Our healthcare team will take measures to minimize risk and monitor your progress closely throughout the recovery process.

5. How long do Knee Replacements last?

The lifespan of a knee replacement depends on various factors, including the patient's age, activity level, and the type of implants used. On average, knee replacements can last 15-20 years or more before requiring revision surgery. It's essential to follow your doctor’s recommendations for post-operative care and regular follow-up appointments to maximise the longevity of your knee replacement.

By addressing these frequently asked questions about knee replacement surgery, we hope to provide you with valuable information to make informed decisions about your orthopedic health. If you're considering knee replacement surgery, consult with our qualified orthopedic surgeons to discuss your options, expectations, and concerns. With proper preparation and guidance, knee replacement surgery can offer significant relief and improve your quality of life.

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Dr. Pankaj Bajaj

MBBS, MCh orthopedics , DNB orthopedics , MS orthopedics

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