Artificial Knees: When Should You Seek Joint Replacement?

Tuesday, 07 Jan 2014 10:22 PM

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Knee replacement surgery is performed to replace damaged knees with artificial knees. Orthopedic doctors perform the knee replacement surgery to remove the joint affected by arthritis. The surgery provides relief to the patients suffering from arthritis pain. The artificial joint used in the surgery is called a prosthesis.
 
In this surgery, the prosthesis replaces the damaged cartilage and bone in the knees. The replacement of the damaged part with an artificial part is called an arthroplasty. Joint replacement involves some risks, and hence, orthopedic surgeons take appropriate safety measures before performing the surgical procedure.
 
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When is Knee Replacement Surgery Performed?

Replacement surgery prevents bones from rubbing against each other. Replacement with artificial knees provides a smooth space that prevents pain. The orthopedic doctor may recommend this procedure for a number of reasons, including:
 
• If there is severe arthritis pain. This is the most common reason for knee replacement surgery.
• If any other treatments do not provide relief from knee pain.  
• If the patient finds it difficult to bend or straighten the knee.
• If symptoms of arthritis pain include difficulty in walking; inability to sleep properly due to severe knee pain; and difficulty in performing daily activities like taking a bath, getting in and out of a chair, climbing stairs, or other household activities. 
• If pain occurs even when the patient is at rest. Chronic stiffness may arise along with the pain.
• If only surgery can repair the damage caused due to rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis.
• If the affected joint lacks stability.
• If inflammation and swelling has not been cured by medicines.
• If the doctor believes surgery is the only method of recovery and getting relief from pain due to your particular health concerns.
 
Instances When Replacement with Artificial Knees is Not Recommended?
 
•  The surgery is usually performed on people aged 50 years or older. It is not recommended for those who are younger.
• If the patient has an infection which may spread to the knees.
• If the patient is overweight, weighing more than 300 pounds.
• If the patient suffers from a serious disease like cancer or heart ailments.
• If the patient is paralyzed or suffers from any nerve disease.
• If the patient has poor health and may not tolerate surgery.
 
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