Why do I need a knee replacement surgery?
If you knees aren’t responding effectively to medicines, physiotherapy, lifestyle alterations, or other non-surgical treatments, total knee replacement becomes the only option.
It is always better to get a second opinion from a private knee doctor Manchester, before rushing into a surgery, though.
What has Happened to my Knee?
Advanced arthritis causes constant pain in the affected knee joint, preventing you from doing your routine activities. There is also swelling and chronic stiffness of the joint.
The cartilage, a tissue that cushions knee bones and keeps the joint in motion, is completely eroded, in this stage. As a result, the joint bones start rubbing against each other, which results in the above symptoms.
How does Knee Replacement Surgery Help?
Knee surgery replaces the damaged cartilage with artificial metal-plastic components. Your private knee doctor Manchester team removes the affected cartilage, and positions the substitute in between the bones. This artificial replacement is then structured to mimic the original joint system.
What are the Chances of Surgery Failure?
Knee replacement surgery comes with a high success rate with most patients being able to return to normal use of their joints. Most replacements have also been known to function well, lasting for over 10 to 15 years.
However, there is a chance of failure, though less, arising mainly out of loosening or wearing down of artificial components.
What are Surgery Complications?
The surgery itself takes 1-11/2 hours. It can add up to 2 hours for the entire procedure- preparing the patient for the surgery, completing the surgery, and moving the patient to post-surgery room.
What should I Expect Post Surgery?
You’ll experience pain in the knee. Pain-relief medications will be administered intravenously. A CPM (Continuous Passive Motion) apparatus may be set to get your leg to make some gentle movements. You’ll be immediately put on a physiotherapy plan.
You can expect to be discharged within 2 to 5 days.
How will My Recovery Be?
In most cases, patients walk within 1 or 2 days after surgery, with supportive aids such as crutches. Your physiotherapy will extend after discharge, to several weeks. Based on your health, you should be able to resume normal low-impact activities in 6 weeks.
It can take several months before your knee recovers completely.
Guidance from an expert private knee doctor Manchester team can prepare you better for the surgery, and speed up your recovery. Contact My Knee Doc for expert doctors to help with your knee injury. Call 0161 4646399 now to schedule a consultation.