What is Knee Replacement Surgery?

 

 

knee-replacement-surgery-methods1Everyone would love to have a healthy and active lifestyle. And good knees are among some of the essential parts of our body which make this happen.

However, sometimes those knees get into trouble by having an injury or arthritis, especially osteoarthritis. And the ability to bend or flex becomes restricted due to the pain, damage caused and inflammation. As time moves the damage gets into the severe condition and everything becomes impossible or difficult for you. You might even find it difficult to do the daily activities and walk around. The pain is due to the cartilage wears and bone rubs against bone.

The modern and the common solution for this situation is Knee replacement surgery. Introduced in the year of 1968, this method purely relies on the mechanical implant for the replacement of severely arthritic or damaged knee joints. This method, also known as Total knee replacement or total knee arthroplasty, is considered as one amongst the most effective and safest procedures in Orthopaedics.

Arthroplasty is a field of medicine which deals with the surgical reconstruction and total replacement of degenerated joints. Arthroplasty uses artificial body parts (prosthetics). Arthroplasty literally means “the surgical repair of a joint”.

There are mainly two types of knee replacements that exist today – total knee replacement and partial knee replacement. But then who needs Knee Replacement Surgery?

Most of us wouldn’t have the slightest idea to understand the reason behind the pain in our knees. So here are some hints for you to know whether it’s time for a knee replacement,

  • Moderate or severe knee pain while resting, during the day or night.
  • Severe pain on your knees that prohibits or limits your everyday activities.
  • Stiffness on your knees.
  • A long-lasting knee inflammation and swelling that isn’t getting better with rest or medications.
  • A bowing in or out of your leg.
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