Knee replacement surgery is not a big deal these days, thanks to the advancement of technology and the expertise of doctors. But still many keep on delaying the surgery, mostly out of fear and misinformation.
The fear about the procedure and its effects, general fear about the surgery and ignorance about the post-operation pain are the most cited reasons for delaying the surgery. Knee being the most vital part of the body involved in movement makes it all the scarier for most people to proceed with the surgery. However, almost all patients who have been made aware about the need to have the surgery thank the surgeon and wish they had done it sooner.
All the surgeon has to do is to educate the patient that the surgery is not about losing a body part, but replacing a faulty one with a better component to increase the overall quality of life.
Risks in delaying the surgery
At the same time, the patients should be made aware of the potential risks in delaying the knee replacement surgery. It is known that extended delays in the process lead to the deterioration of the joint, increased pain, and lack of mobility. No surgeon will go straight for the surgical option. Less invasive and non-surgical methods including anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, and physiotherapy are tried out first. Knee replacement surgery is recommended only if these measures fail to bring in the desired results in improving the condition of the patient.
The fact that none of these measures worked shows that the patient could be facing many risks in delaying the surgery. These includes the risk of deformities developing inside and outside the joint, of muscles, ligaments and other structures becoming weak and eventually losing their functionality, shooting up of pain, more disability or even lack of mobility and much decreased the quality of life.
Another major issue is the timing of the surgery. Patients need to be made aware that the earlier the surgery is done, the faster the curing process will be. With age, the body’s ability to respond to surgery slows down. If the diagnosis shows that replacement is the best solution, it is better to go for it after consulting the orthopedic surgeon.