ORTHOPEDIC KNEE SURGERY – What is it?
Knee replacement surgery has become a very sophisticated form of knee surgery. Whether it’s total knee replacement surgery or partial there are ways now which can have you on your feet again very fast.
Orthopedic knee surgery has become a common medical procedure that is performed on over 400.000 people worldwide each year. It covers major surgery like total and partial knee replacement surgery and less invasive procedures like knee arthrothscopy.
Lets first of all have a quick overview of the knee and what knee replacement is. Play the video below.
The main aim of orthopedic knee surgery is to increase mobility and reduce the pain associated with knee injuries and disease.
Total or partial knee replacement surgery is called knee arthroplasty and is most commonly performed in severe cases of degenerative arthritis, like osteoarthritis and other severe debilitating disabilities such as ligament and meniscus tears and cartilage defects. Arthritis knee surgery and knee replacement for the elderly is a frequently used method to help them improve mobility and reduce pain. In this procedure the orthopaedic surgeon replaces the damaged areas with specially shaped plastic or metal replacements. These replacements are now very sophisticated and have a life of up to 20 years depending on how active the recipient is.
Orthopedic Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy
Very basically, Arthroscopy is the less invasive form of orthopaedic knee surgery. The surgeon uses Arthroscopic knee surgery to remove loose bodies in the joint and to correct less severe problems like smoothing rough bone surfaces or removing debris and cleaning the area. In this procedure your orthopaedic surgeon inserts a tiny camera and scope into the area. In many cases this simpler procedure is sufficient to alleviate the symptoms.
Orthopedic Knee Surgery – The Risks
In partial and full knee replacement surgery, like with any operation, there are risks and knee replacement problems can occur. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons cites blood clots in leg veins being the most common. However, there are programs which your surgeon would outline for you to help prevent this complication after knee replacement surgery. Some of the measures are knee replacement post surgical rehab exercises aimed at increasing circulation, blood thinning medication and even simple items like support stockings. In rare instances the kneecap can dislocate necessitating further surgery to realign it. Sometimes full motion of the knee is not achieved and stiffness in the knee joint is sometimes felt.
What to expect after orthopedic knee surgery? You can expect to stay in hospital after the operation for anything from 1 to 7 days. The length of stay depends on your level of health and on the amount of support available at home. It usually takes around 6 weeks until you are able to take your full weight on the knee with the assistance of a cane for support. Full recovery can take up to three months with some patients experiencing gradual improvement for some time after that.
Orthopedic Knee Surgery – What Does It Cost?
What is the cost of knee replacement surgery? This depends on many factors depending on the type of implant used. Your orthopedic surgeon will be able to discuss the costs of both arthroplasty (total or partial knee replacement surgery) and Arthrothscopy (the less invasive procedure). Orthopedic knee surgery is usually covered by most insurance plans but it would be wise to check first.
Orthopedic Knee Surgery – How Is It Done?
Watch this video and see exactly how one type of knee surgery is performed.
This is a remedial surgical procedure to relieve disabling pain and immobility caused traumatic injuries, by anatomical defects or degenerative disorders.
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