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5 Things you should know before having Total Knee Replacement


Are you suffering from extreme knee pain? Has the doctor recommended a knee replacement? If yes, then here are 5 major considerations before having a total knee replacement. Knee replacement Surgery which is one of the most common bone surgeries is a life-changing decision. Indeed, it is a big-time pain relief where you can resume your daily activities all over again. But you shouldn’t expect superhuman powers just yet. So, before having a total knee replacement, you must have a piece of complete knowledge about your newest body part.

1. When to consider total knee replacement?

Knee Arthritis can affect your each and every move from walking to even sitting or lying down. Surgery can help to bring relief but doctors always advise other treatment options first. For instance, anti-inflammatory medications or pain pills. Sometimes you will be prescribed to try Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate. You may be asked to lessen the knee activities or reduce a few pounds. After a lot of efforts if your knees still hurt and continue to show some common symptoms of knee replacement, then this is the best time to consider total knee replacement.

2. What are the associated risks involved in Total Knee Replacement?

The majority of total knee replacement surgeries are successful however, complications can occur. In rare cases, these complications are life-threatening. Some of the common risks include blood clots that can travel to the lungs which are known as Pulmonary Embolism. This can cause shortness of breath, and chest pain. Some other associated risks include nausea, urinary tract infection, vomiting, chronic knee pain, bleeding into the knee joint, nerve damage and infection of the knee. These complications can be treated. A surgery followed by complications can still be considered successful if the pain is alleviated and functionality of the joint can be improved over the long period.

3. What is the recovery timeline for Total Knee Replacement?

A patient’s recovery and rehabilitation plan is the decisive factor in the overall success of knee replacement surgery. A proper recovery and rehabilitation plan can help the patient to leave the hospital sooner, regain the knee strength, and avoid potential complications. The majority of the patients can recover by the end of 3 months while it can take 6 months or even longer in order to get 100% recovery. Early recovery can be expected from those patients who did knee-strengthening exercises in preparation for the surgery. However, patients with smoking habits or other medical conditions may take a longer time to heal.

4. How much weight can be put on the new knee?

It involves a critical question of whether the surgeon has used a cemented or uncemented device when performing the procedure. In the case of cemented approach, weight can be put on the new knee almost immediately. You will use an assistive device for a few weeks, often beginning with a walker or two crutches. After a few weeks, you will be transitioned to a single crutch or cane. Physical rehabilitation will start immediately in the hospital. In the end, the exercise regime plays a vital role in the continued improvement and ultimate recovery.

5. What are the factors involved in determining knee replacement Cost?

The cost of a knee replacement can vary substantially depending upon the factors like a number of days spent in the hospital, type of implant & surgical approach, preexisting conditions, and unanticipated care or equipment required. The other charges include pre and postoperative cost, physical therapy and follow-up visits to the surgeons at the time of recovery. The average cost of a total knee replacement in the United States is $49000. Since the cost of medical procedure in a developing country is low, the cost of total knee replacement in India is between $3076 and $5348. Despite having to travel abroad for the treatment, the total cost paid for the accommodation and treatment come below than paid in the home country. Hence a treatment in the developing nations often costs a fraction of the price.

What are your options?

If you have already taken the life-changing decision of total knee replacement, you must have clarity on what to expect after the total knee replacement surgery. If you are obese, most of the surgeons will insist you lose weight. You must consult a doctor to clarify if you are actually eligible for the Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacement Surgery.