Disability Benefits of Total Knee Replacement


Benefits and Risks of Knee Replacement Surgery

Healthy knees are required to perform most of the everyday activities. If it is getting harder for you to perform daily activities such as walking or if you are experiencing pain while sitting or lying down, you might begin to explore knee replacement as surgical option. This article will help you make an informed decision by knowing disability and benefits of knee replacement surgeries.

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons believes joint replacement to be safe and effective procedure to relieve pain, correct leg deformity and help you resume normal activities. Total knee replacements are one of the most successful procedures in all of medicine.

Let us know try to understand indications of knee replacement. The most common cause of chronic knee pain and disability is arthritis.

  • Osteoarthritis is an age-related “wear and tear” of joint, usually occurring in people 50 years of age and older. The cartilage that cushions the bones of the knee softens and wears away. The bones then rub against one another, causing knee pain and stiffness.
  • In Rheumatoid arthritis, synovial membrane that surrounds the joint becomes inflamed and thickened. This chronic inflammation can damage the cartilage and eventually cause cartilage loss, pain, and stiffness.
  • Post-traumatic arthritis can follow a knee injury.

Wondering if you should go for Total Knee Replacement? Here is a list of conditions which gets alleviated after Total Knee Replacement.

  • A knee that has become bowed due to severe arthritis
  • Severe knee pain or stiffness that limits your routine activities, including walking and sitting.
  • Chronic knee inflammation and swelling that does not improve with rest or medications
  • Failure to improve with physiotherapy, steroids, pain killers and lubricating injections
  • Old age or obesity is not a hindrance to choosing knee replacement.
  • An important factor in deciding whether to have total knee replacement surgery is understanding what to expect out of it.

More than 90% of people who have total knee replacement surgery experience a dramatic reduction in knee pain and a significant improvement in the ability to perform routine activities.

With time and activities, every prosthetic implant begins to wear. Excessive activity or weight may hasten this normal wear and may cause the prosthesis to loosen and become painful. Therefore, most surgeons advise against running, jogging, jumping, or high impact sports for the rest of your life after surgery. Realistic activities following total knee replacement include unlimited walking, swimming, golf, driving, ballroom dancing, and other low-impact sports.

These post-surgical restrictions might not be your concern so much as complications of surgery. Complication rate following total knee replacement is low. Knee joint infection can occur in fewer than 2% of patients. Major medical complications such as heart attack or stroke occur even less frequently. Although uncommon, when these complications occur, they can prolong or limit full recovery. Rarely, a patient may continue to have pain after knee replacement, although majority of patients experience an excellent pain relief. After surgery, mobilise early and keep moving your foot and ankle to prevent clot formation in leg veins.

Most patients can begin exercising their knee the day after surgery or sometimes, on the day of surgery. A physiotherapist will train you for exercises to strengthen your leg muscles and restore knee movement to allow walking and routine activities soon after your surgery.

The success of your surgery will pivot on exercises you do particularly during the first few weeks after surgery. You should be able to resume most of your routine activities within 3 to 6 weeks following surgery.

With your prosthetic joint, you should be able to extend your knee through an average of 115°. But total knee replacement will not allow you to do more than you could before you developed arthritis. Kneeling is sometimes uncomfortable, but it is not harmful. Most patients are able to almost fully straighten the replaced knee and to bend the knee sufficiently to climb stairs and get in and out of a car. Going to a mall or airport? Watch out for security alarms in metal detectors activated by your metal knee!! You may also feel or hear clicking sound, but it is tolerable as compared to pain and limited function experienced prior to surgery.

Now that you got a brand new metal knee, take care of it and enjoy the benefits of regular light exercise.

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