How do I know if I need a Total Knee Replacement Surgery?
Total Knee Replacement Surgeries have been performed for nearly 50 years and, with time, it has only improved for the better. People suffering from Severe Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis are, most of the times, advised by Knee Specialists to go for Total Knee Replacement Surgery. But, there are several other reasons that make you an eligible candidate for this surgery.
Let’s have a look when Total Knee Replacement Surgery is recommended:
Are you experiencing frequent knee pain?
If knee pain troubles you every single day of your life and the conservative treatments have given you little or no relief, then it is recommended to go for a Total Knee Replacement Surgery.
Does your knee ache during and after exercise?
It’s 'legs day' in the gym, but you can barely lift your knees for even the most simplest of movements. Or you're simply tired after just one set of exercises, then there is something wrong with your knee cartilage and you need to fix an appointment with your orthopaedician as soon as possible.
Your knee pain hampers your daily activities?
The daily activities that you used to perform so easily earlier have become a hard task now because of excruciating pain. The examples could vary from getting up from the couch to getting to the television remote, to a brisk walk in the park, or difficulty in attempting simple yoga poses.
A decreased range of motion in knee?
This is a change in your body that you will take some time to understand. It happens gradually and makes your bones weak; thereby, decreasing the range of motions in the knees. Limited range of motions results in difficulty in squatting and most importantly massive problem in sitting.
Other reasons to opt for Total Knee Replacement Surgery include: a prior injury to the Anterior Cruciate ligament; difficulty in climbing up and down the stairs, etc.
How bad does your Knee have to be before Replacement?
If conservative treatments like exercise, physical therapy, injections, medications, or non-surgical procedures don’t work then Total Knee Replacement is the best option for you.
Does Total Knee Replacement Correct Knock Knees?
It’s very common for an arthritic knee to become crooked over time. This deformity can actually worsen and make life very difficult for you. Total Knee Replacement Surgery will not only relieve you from the excruciating pain, but also correct the deformity.
Knee Stiffness & Total Knee Replacement:
Knee stiffness is one of the most common signs of a troubled knee. Prolonged knee stiffness is something which may result into a disability at a later stage of your life. Knee stiffness usually happens to people who have crossed a certain age limit, let's say people above 45 yrs are most likely to suffer from knee stiffness problem.
Knee Inflammation & Total Knee Replacement:
A chronic inflated knee which doesn't improve with rest and medication is definitely an indication that you immediately need to consult your doctor. After several tests he will be able to explain you about the extent to which your knees are inflated and whether your require total knee replacement surgery or not.
Delaying Total Knee Replacement:
Have you been told that your knee has been badly damaged and it's time to go for a replacement surgery? But you are not completely ready to go for it. Well, you are not alone! A lot of people feel the same. It is very important to train your brain for the challenges ahead before actually jumping on the knee replacement bus. The previous statement was not meant to scare you; it’s a genuine orthopaedic advice so that your post-surgery period becomes a smooth one for you.