10 things to know before getting knee Replacement Surgery

Are you suffering from acute knee pain? Worse, have you been ignoring it for a while now, taking it as a normal symptom of ‘getting old’?

“Pain is the body’s red alert,” says XXXXX, MD, PhD, designation at Parvathy Hospital, Chennai. “You must always listen to it”.

Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something needs repair – and persistent pain is a clear signal that you need professional advice. Do not chalk it down to your regular aches and pains, it just might be something more. And as per your doctor’s recommendation, a knee replacement surgery might be the right way to go.

To help you decide whether a knee replacement surgery is for you, Dr. XXX from Parvathy Hospitals has answered some of the most frequently asked questions:

1. Why is knee replacement surgery needed?

For patients of osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis affecting seniors, total knee replacement provides relief from damaged or worn out knee joints. Your doctor may advise knee replacement surgery if you face following symptoms:

  • Chronic knee pain which makes it difficult for you to move around
  • Swelling and stiffness in your knee joints
  • Compromised social life
  • Inability to sleep due to knee pain
2. What happens in a knee replacement surgery?

Knee replacement surgeries are of two types. In a partial replacement, only one part of a damaged knee is replaced with an implant or a prosthetic made of strong plastic, metal, or ceramic. In a total knee replacement procedure, the entire knee joint is replaced.

3. What is high flex knee replacement?

The high flex knee replacement is suited to the Indian lifestyle – helping you perform activities like stair climbing, squatting, or gardening with ease – something which is not possible with a conventional knee replacement.

4. Will my body be receptive to the implant or prosthesis?

Your doctor will choose a knee implant for you after a thorough investigation. You will get used to it quickly and will hardly feel the difference between your own knee and the surgically implanted knee.

5. How much time will it take to recover after knee transplant?

A physiotherapist will be by your side to ensure that you recover rapidly. Your rehabilitation will start as soon as you wake up after the surgery. Here’s a more detailed chart our patients typically follow:

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