Knee Joint Replacement SurgeryKnee Replacement is the most common among joint replacement surgeries. The knee replacement is indicated in conditions in which the knee joint has reached a point when painful symptoms can no longer be controlled with non-operative treatments and there is a significant loss of function and limitations in performing even day to day activities.
Uni-compartmental knee replacement is an option for a small percentage of people suffering from osteoarthritis of a part of the knee joint. In a uni-compartmental knee replacement, only the damaged compartment is replaced with metal and plastic.
Knee Joint Replacement Surgery - Types and options
The results of knee replacement are very gratifying and vary with the type of replacement done. One can enjoy an active lifestyle after the surgery free of pain. Whereas after a Total Knee Replacement Surgery, one can resume routine activities in 3-4 weeks after the surgery and an active lifestyle in about 6 weeks, in the case of Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement Surgery, a hospital stay of 3-4 days is required and the patient is able to resume his daily activities within ten days. The patients are advised to refrain from doing certain high impact activities like jogging and jumping. More rigorous activities are resumed after about 4-5 weeks of the surgery. After Knee Replacement Surgery, Physical therapy is also started early for the recovery and strengthening of the muscles. Thus, Knee Replacement Surgery is a procedure that helps in restoring the lost joint function and giving quality life to the knee joint.
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