Knee Replacement: Can I Walk Again?
Knee replacement may sound like an extremely invasive procedure, but modern medical approaches render the procedure safe, minimally invasive and as well very productive.
To replace knee joints, orthopedics use customised approaches to design, the replacement that will offer overall health and comfort. Your age, weight, and lifestyle are considered before the procedure.
Total Knee Replacement
Technological evolution has facilitated the revolution of knee replacement procedure, effecting changes like high-tech procedure techniques, better designs of implants and materials of implants
With new technologies and practices,knee replacement procedure have become increasingly successful, enabling various patients to walk the next day after the procedure. In addition, both knees can be simultaneously replaced in patients, specifically, bilateral knee replacement candidates.
Hospital stay (hospitalization) has been decreased by 4 to 5 days in all patients, whereas in other cases, there is no need for physiotherapy after a Knee Replacement.
Women suffer from knee arthritis as compared to males and to improve or maintain their quality of life, a knee replacement is an ideal option. Knee replacements for women require a slight procedure approach since there some anatomical differences, though geometrically, the replacement procedures are the same. Knowing your treatment option whether a partial knee replacement or a total knee replacement with the right implant devices can offer maximum productivity and a quality life.
Candidates for Knee Replacement
Individuals who require knee replacement are those with;
- Pain while resting
- Pain while climbing stairs
- Pain while walking
- Issues with the knees while sitting or standing
- Knee joint pain that persists regardless of the nonsurgical treatment utilized
Preparing for a Knee Replacement
Also known as Knee Arthroplasty, knee replacement procedure help relieve pain, improve or restore the functionality of severely damaged or injured knee joints.
Before the procedure, the orthopedic surgeon will question about your medical history and in most cases, an X-ray is performed to excellently determine the extent of your knee damage.
A physical examination is also performed to assess the knee’s stability, the range of motion, strength, and current condition.
It is common for the surgeon to recommend stoppage of any treatment as he may observe necessary. In addition, smoking and dietary supplements are prohibited.
You may need to purchase a walker or a crutch for assistance after the procedure.
Remember to secure your home with safety bars, handrails, carpets and clear floor to prevent accidents or injuries.
Make sure that you head to the hospital with someone to help you after the procedure.
What’s the procedure like?
It lasts for 2 hours or more depending on the type of the procedure.
You shouldn’t worry about any form of knee replacement in India as they are always performed under anesthesia, just that the type differs.
Depending on the type of the procedure, your medical condition, and preference, your surgeon will use general anesthesia in which you will be unconscious during the operation. Spinal or epidural anesthesia can also be used in which you will be awake, but won’t feel any kind of pain.
During the operation, your knee is bent and an incision is made from which the surgeon gains access to the interior of the kneecap and will cut the damaged knee joint. The cartilage and the bone (damaged) are eliminated.
Once the joint surfaces are prepared, the surgeon will introduce the new pieces of your artificial knee joint. The surgeon will rotate the knee in various directions and will also bend it to examine its functioning and balance. He will lastly close the incision.
Grand Breakthroughs in the Orthopedic sphere
New procedure Techniques
Modern procedure techniques and implant designs enable the patient squat or even sit cross-legged after the procedure. These have allowed a patient to enjoy better results after a knee replacement treatment free of pain and discomfort
The new implants last for about 10 to 20 years and another excellent option is, Verilast Knee, an Oxinium implant that can last up to 30 years. The Verilast Knee addresses the commonest effect of a knee replacement which is wear and various concerns.
Oxinium Knee Replacement
The Oxinium technology is currently available to make implants that can last for 30 years or even beyond. The Oxinium special materials have a highly polished and coupling it with XLPE (Highly Cross-linked Polyethylene) insert enables a patient to live decades of pain-free life.
The special implant is availed to patients at our advanced hospital “Eva hospital”, a leading Orthopedic specialist centre in India. With this implant, patients are assured of efficacy; move in all directions, squat, cross-leg, and perhaps a quality life.
The Oxinium special materials can also be implanted in relatively younger patients, i.e. 50 years of age and this can probably last them a lifetime
You may spend a day at the hospital after your procedure and during this period, you will stay in the recovery room where you are provided with painkillers, blood thinners, and the required help.
You will be advised to walk on your feet in order to increase blood flow and get used to the replacement. This will also prevent blood clots, swelling and poor results.
A physical therapist must be attained for a proper physical activity program.
Will I walk again?
Yes, there is significant pain relief, knee function, and comfort after a knee treatment. Your mobility and the general quality of life will progress from month to another.
During the first 2 weeks of the procedure, most patients are able to walk with simple support (Walker), do some house chores, and go shopping
The ability to perform other activities or involve in other physical exercises is gained with time.
You ought to have realistic expectations after your knee replacement. Generally, you will find it hard to walk on your own until you get familiar with the implant. However, specialized knee replacement procedures performed at Eva Hospital require a short recovery period as extreme expertise is utilized.
A knee replacement treatment improves every aspect of life rendering you live a better life without pain, discomfort, or restrictions. With the new orthopedic implants basically Oxinium devices, there is less downtime and excellent results after your knee replacement treatment.
Cost of the Treatment
The type of the treatment (partial or complete) plus the surgeon selected, highly influences the Knee Replacement Cost in India. Generally, the cost varies according to centre. Your cost may double in case both knees require procedure.
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