Have you been afflicted by knee pains of late? Then it’s time you consult your knee specialist at My Knee Doc to get an idea of the nature of your problem. If the pain is severe and there has been much damage to your knees, your doctor might suggest a total knee replacement surgery. Read on to find out in greater detail about this surgery.
Before the Surgery
There are a few steps that your surgeon at My Knee Doc is going to follow before your knees are operated upon. He will put you at ease by explaining the procedure and answering any questions that you may have on your surgery.
A complete physical examination will be done which will include blood tests and other diagnostic tests. You are required to inform your doctor if you have any allergic reaction to medications, latex, tape or anaesthetic agents before the surgery.
During the Surgery
Knee replacement surgery is done under general anaesthesia and will require you to stay in the hospital for a few days. Your anaesthesiologist will monitor your heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, and blood oxygen level throughout the surgery.
After making an incision in the knee area the doctor will remove the damaged surfaces of the knee joint and replace the surfaces with a prosthesis made of metal and plastic. We, at My Knee Doc, usually use surgical cement to attach the prosthesis to the bone.
If required, we use a combination of cemented and un-cemented prosthesis, based on your condition. After closing the incision with stitches, a drain is attached to the incision site to drain out fluid. The operated area is covered with sterile bandage or dressing to protect it.
After the Surgery
You will be released from the hospital only after your blood pressure, pulse and breathing are stable and you are alert. In order to normalise movements and get back on your feet fast, you will meet a physical therapist who will plan out an exercise regime for you. This will have to continue until you regain muscle strength and good range of motion. You will also need to rest after the surgery.
If you have any doubts on whether your knee pain requires a total knee replacement surgery or not, consult your specialist doctor at My Knee Doc. We have a solution for all your knee problems. Contact us today and get relief from all the sufferings due to your knee pain.