Here are the ramifications of getting a joint replaced in a nutshell. First of all, having a joint replacement is not an emergency. This is a procedure which is undertaken with the knowledge that other avenues have been pursued, but lifestyle is being negatively affected secondary to pain. The procedure is performed to try to alleviate pain and increase activity within your lifestyle. One of the most important orthopedic surgical advances of this century is knee replacement. This surgery was first performed in 1968. Improvements in surgical materials and techniques since then have greatly increased its effectiveness. About 267,000 total knee replacements are performed each year in the United States.
How to Tell If You Need Knee Replacement
If your knee is severely damaged by arthritis or injury, it may be hard for you to perform simple activities such as walking or climbing stairs. You may even begin to feel pain while you’re sitting or lying down.
If medications, changing your activity level, and using walking supports are no longer helpful, you may want to consider total knee replacement surgery. By resurfacing your knee’s damaged and worn surfaces, total knee replacement surgery can relieve your pain, correct your leg deformity, and help you resume your normal activities.
What’s Involved In The Procedure?
The procedure is a resurfacing of the bones of the joint, utilizing metal on one side and metal/ plastic component on the other, thus returning slickness in the joint and taking away the bone on bone pain. It requires a hospitalization of approximately 2-3 days plus or minus depending on the patient. It requires rehabilitation either at a rehabilitation hospital and/or home for an additional three weeks plus or minus. Total joints are an extremely rewarding procedure in relieving pain with the appropriate diagnosis.
Is Total Knee Replacement Right For You?
The decision whether to have surgery for a total knee replacement in San Antonio, TX should be a cooperative one between you, your family physician, and your orthopedic surgeon. Your physician may refer you to an orthopedic surgeon for a thorough evaluation to determine if you could benefit from the surgery.
Most patients who undergo total knee replacement in San Antonio, TX are age 60 to 80 but, orthopedic surgeons evaluate patients individually. Recommendations for surgery are based on a patient’s pain and disability, not age. Patients as young as age 16 and older than 90 have undergone successful total knee replacements.
Contact Dr. Peter Holmes Today
Dr. Peter Holmes of Sports, Occupational and Knee Surgery along with his staff of professionals will ensure that you receive the right diagnosis for you and will follow you to assure your future good health and performance. We hope to be your practice of choice when undergoing a total knee replacement in San Antonio, TX.
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A healthy and happy body are only a click or call away. Call Sports, Occupational and Knee Surgery today for a knee replacement consultation at (210) 696-9000 at either our San Antonio or Shertz location.