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Knee replacement surgery - What is the right time and age for knee replacement?
Knee Replacement Surgery - When is the right age?
Knee replacement surgery is the most commonly performed
joint replacement surgeries across the world. It is the procedure to replace the
damaged, worn or diseased knee with an artificial joint.
The most common question on the minds of people going for
knee replacement is what is the right age to get the knee replacement or till
when should we wait before we get the knee replaced.
When should you
consider knee replacement surgery?
If your knee is severely deformed or damaged by arthritis or
injury and you find it difficult to perform activities of daily living like
walking or the pain is not going down with medications, physical therapy etc,
you should consider getting a knee replacement done.
The surgeon would advise you a knee replacement when:
·Your pain in the knee is so severe that it
limits everyday activities even walking, climbing stairs and even getting in
and out of the chair.
·You have severe pain that it is not getting
relieved by even non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs, which are most
effective in early arthritis and become less effective with severe arthritis.
·Physical therapy and other procedures have
failed to help
·Your knee which is so stiff that you cannot bow
in or out of your knee
·You have deformity of the knee joint such as
bowing in or out of the knee.
Right age for Knee
Adult of any age can be considered for knee replacement,
although people after 60 are usually advised to undergo knee replacement, as in
young physically active people the chances of wearing out of the knee are more.
A knee replacement typically lasts for about 20 years when
properly cared for and not put to too much strain. So, an early replacement may warrant another
replacement if done at a very early age. However, studies indicate that
performing a knee replacement before the joint becomes too stiff leads to a much
Most patients who undergo knee replacement are between 60 to
80 years of age, but orthopaedic surgeons evaluate the patients individually
before recommending the total knee replacement surgery. Recommendation is usually
based on patient’s pain and disability and not age.
Experts say that the patient's condition and the benefit he/ she would have now after knee replacement should be of paramount importance than a possibility of future replacement. The advantages and disadvantages should
ideally be weighed for present improvement in patient’s condition for deciding his candidacy.
surgery in India
Knee replacement surgery in India is available at very
affordable prices as compared to the cost of knee replacement in UK, USA or
other western countries. Total knee replacement surgery with few of the best orthopaedic
surgeons in India starts from USD 5,000.
IndiCure is the most renowned provider of knee replacement surgery in India. Having served hundreds
of patients from over 30 countries, IndiCure understands your expectations well
and can anticipate your requirements.
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