Who Needs Knee Replacements Surgery?
If you’re planning to have one, please read this article.
Knee replacements surgery, who needs it? It’s usually done to repair tissue damage suffered by victims of osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. It’s also performed to some extent on people who’ve suffered from post-traumatic knee arthritis.
What makes knee replacements surgery necessary? Its primary role is to help the victims, especially those who can’t move around anymore, who are unable to perform even the simplest of tasks because of the limitations imposed by the disease. It’s for those who find turning in bed, standing up, and sitting down, or taking a few steps to the fridge a complete ordeal. Structural defects have set in. And not only that, the pain has also become a normal part of their everyday life and has incapacitated them completely.
The next logical step is to find a doctor who can perform knee replacements surgery. In instances like these, during major operations, patients should not be afraid to ask their doctors questions concerning the surgery. Things like how they’re going to operate and what the patient should expect. Asking questions is one of the best ways of sending the doctor a message that you expect the operation not only becomes successful but also it should deliver the result that you’re looking forward to.
Another reason for asking questions is to know about the risks involved during knee replacement surgery and what backups are in place. Stroke, uncontrolled bleeding, and heart attack are some of the side effects which may happen during the operation proper. Even infection can set in. So what’s the deal when this happens? The doctor, of course, will carry out another surgery to remove the infected artificial parts, clean the knee completely, and place new ones.
The orthopedic surgeons, for their part, will take the patient’s history, including their medical records before operating. The patient will be required to undergo a physical exam and other clinical tests. The doctor won’t operate unless you have your high blood pressure, diabetes, defective immune system and other health conditions under control.
Smoking should desist for several weeks before the operation. Medicines, especially blood thinners, should be avoided at all costs. Smoking and diabetes will delay the healing power of the body and blood thinners will increase bleeding. A defective immune system may also result in infection.
There might be a series of restorative surgeries needed to better improve knee functions. With every knee replacements surgery, the knee will continue to improve. It’ll be able to perform a wider scope of activities. The pain will also become a thing of the past.
Remember that the artificial parts are not the same with the real bones, cartilages, muscles, and so on. They can be damaged easily if not properly used. Restraint should be part of the patients’ life forever. It’s important that the patient be in regular contact with his/her doctor since these knee parts may also need changing.
During the few weeks after the knee replacements surgery, the patient will be advised to rest. Then when they can stand already, they may be required to use crutches to avoid exerting effort on the operated knee or knees.