An orthopedic surgeon treats disorders of the bones, the muscles and the connective tissue that links the two. Do not let the word "surgeon" fool you: An orthopedic surgeon will exhaust all conservative treatment options before they opt for surgery.Some orthopedic surgeons treat all parts of the body, while others specialize even further. Dr. Matthew…
Knee Replacement FAQ’s
According to a recent orthopedics study by The Mayo Clinic, an estimated 4.7 million Americans have undergone a total knee arthroplasty, and these numbers are projected to grow exponentially in the future.
Are you looking for information on knee replacement surgery, also called knee arthroplasty? Firstly, understand that the term knee replacement really refers to cartilage replacement. When the cartilage inside the knee is no longer able to do its job, it is often replaced by having knee replacement surgery. One of the more common reasons why someone would be in need of this type of surgery is because they have been diagnosed with what are known as knee diseases, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, for example.
Knee replacement FAQ's
The following are the most frequently asked questions people have when it comes to having one or more of their knees replaced.
- Will the surgery hurt? Every patient is different, which means everyone will experience various levels of discomfort and/or pain after having knee replacement surgery. All patients will be given medication in order to help them deal with any discomfort or pain they are experiencing
- What are the risks that come with having this type of knee surgery? As with any surgery, there are risks involved. Bleeding and infection are two of the more common risks and only occur a very small percentage of time
- How long do knee replacements last? While there are no guarantees, the majority of knee replacements tend to last anywhere between 15 and 20 years
- Is assistance necessary when recovering from knee replacement surgery? Yes. It is recommended that the patient have someone help them for up to about three weeks after having the surgery, as this will support a successful recovery
- Do any physical activities have to be avoided after the surgery? Any activities that are considered to be high impact are not recommended as they could reinjure the area, so avoid running, skiing, tennis, basketball and the like
- Can someone be too old to get knee replacement surgery? No, age is not normally a problem as long as the patient is in good health and has a positive attitude
There are many questions to consider when making the decision to get knee replacement surgery. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, more than 90% of people who have knee replacement surgery experience a dramatic reduction of knee pain.
Have any additional questions about knee replacements?
It really is necessary for you to understand all that is involved with knee replacement surgery if you are going to need it sooner or later. The more you understand about the surgical process, the more prepared you will be and accordingly the higher chances you will have at the entire process being one that is successful.
If you have any additional questions about knee replacement you need answered, we invite you to give us a call at your earliest convenience. We have a caring and supportive team who are more than willing to provide you with the answers you need./p>
Looking for Knee Replacement services near the 36608 area? Call the practice of Matthew D. Barber, M.D. at (251) 800-9125.