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Q: What is total knee replacement?

A: A total knee replacement is an operation that removes the arthritic bone and damaged cartilage from the knee. The knee is replaced with a metal and plastic covering that simulates the natural cartilage. This creates a smoothly functioning joint that does not hurt. The natural tendons and muscles are left in place to allow the joint to function smoothly.

Q: What are the results of total knee replacement?

A: 95% or our patients experience good or excellent results after the initial healing period. They have little to no pain and are able to enjoy a wide variety of activities with few restrictions. Most can pursue moderate exercise, walk long distances, dance or play active sports..

Q: How long will my new knees last and can a second replacement be done?

A: All implants have a limited life expectancy depending on an individual’s age, weight, activity level and medical condition. A total joint implant’s longevity will vary in every patient. The current combination of components used has a 94% 15 year survival rate. Some of these implants may last much longer. If needed a 2nd replacement can be done.

Q: Will the surgery be painful?

A: There may be minor discomforts following the surgery but with proper dose of medication it can be kept under control.Generally most patients are able to stop very strong medication within a few days.

Q: How long will i be in the hospital?

A: Most knee patients will be hospitalized for 5-7 days after their surgery depending on patient’s healing capacity. Our rehabilitation therapists will evaluate your progress two days after the surgery, and recommend rehabilitation stay if necessary.

Q: Do you have knee pain at 30?

A: Its becoming an increasingly common problem in young individuals these days. We see more and more younger women who are not able to climb stairs, sit in a car or movie for long and feel or hear a creak in the knee!
Patello-femoral pain syndrome (PFPS) – is the medical name for the condition often called “Chondromalacia patellae”, Kneecap pain or more simply, “Runner’s knee.”
The exact source of pain in these patients with PFPS is debatable. We think the pain is a result of irritation of the cartilage on the back of the kneecap due to unevenly acting forces, mostly due to weak quadriceps or the anterior thigh muscles.
Even though the cartilage is essentially free of any nerve endings, the softening of the cartilage leads to cutting off of its own blood supply under pressure and that leads to pain.PFPS is interesting in that it often affects young, otherwise healthy, athletic individuals. Women are more commonly diagnosed with PFPS, as they experience increased lateral forces on the patella.
Patients should be evaluated by an expert doctor – to decide whats best to be done. Most would need a controlled exercise protocol, some simple precautions like avoiding running, squatting and sitting cross-legged, along with simple medicines for cartilage repair.

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