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What you need to know about knee replacement

Overview

A total knee replacement is an invasive therapy, by which the ailing knee joint is restored with an imitation substance. The knee is like a pivot joint that facilitate movement at the specific location where the thigh meets the lower leg. The thigh bone joins with the large bone of the lower leg at the knee joint  

How the procedure is performed

While performing the total knee replacement procedure, the edge of the femur bone is detached and restored with a metal covering, the  edge of the lower leg bone is also evacuated and restored with a transmitting plastic material with a metal support. A plastic button may also be joined beneath the kneecap depending on the condition of the knee joint. The imitation substance of the knee joint is called prosthesis

The back cross tendons are tissues that usually balances both the sides of the knee joint so that the lower leg might not be able to glide backward with the thigh bone, in the total knee replacement surgery the certain ligaments are restored, aborted or replaced by polyethylene substance. The total knee replacement is available with a variety of alternates along with certain side effects and benefits

Consideration for total knee replacement

The total knee replacement is ideal for candidates whose knee joints are degenerated by arthritis, sudden fall or any other orthopedic disease. The most reported cause of opting total knee replacement is the osteoarthritis of the knees

Despite of the cause the symptoms of intolerable pain and decreased mobility, hindrances in the routinely tasks encourage sufferers to consider the option of total knee replacement. Taking a decision for total knee replacement is not convenient enough. The patients should consider the potential risks as well as the benefits of  the total knee replacement procedure

What are the risks of undergoing a total knee replacement?

 

As with the surgery,there are several risks attached. The total knee replacement also brings some potential risks that cannot be neglected which include

  • Blood clots
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain which may lead to shock
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Knee pain
  • Liver damage

 

Post operative care

Soon after the surgery, ensure the following post operative care procedures

  • Participate in light exercises
  • Take special protection against injury and fall
  • Visit the orthopedic in a month
  • Before any dental procedure make sure you take a visit with you knee surgeon

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