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Top 10 Myths and Facts about Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee replacement surgery is one of the most commonly performed operations these days. Though most of the people know a lot about the procedure, myths about the procedure still prevail often forcing people to postpone their surgery and continue to suffer severe pain. 

Following are some of the popular myths and facts about knee replacement surgery:

Myth: Arthritis is just an aging process. You have to learn to live with it. 

Fact: Osteoarthritis is a disease of the knee joint which affects over millions of people worldwide. It is a chronic condition characterized by the breakdown of joint cartilage which causes rubbing of bones against each other leading to joint pain, stiffness, and loss of movement.

Every year more than 500,000 total knee replacements are performed in America and double the number of individuals are good candidates for the procedure.

Myth: You cannot sit on the floor after knee replacement.

Fact: It depends on the type of surgery and the patient’s condition. If such activities are to be performed you must discuss with your surgeon prior to undergoing the surgery.

Myth: You should follow conservative treatment as long as possible even if it means bearing a lot of pain

Fact: You need not suffer knee pain until it becomes intolerable. The newly evolved quadriceps-sparing knee replacement helps in faster recovery and is advised to people even at an early age if they have severe pain which is not getting relieved with other conservative treatments. 

Myth: Knee Replacements don’t last longer

Fact: Most knee replacements last as long as 20 years or more if properly taken care of. Moreover, the quality of life you achieve after a knee replacement is priceless. 

Myth: You can consider knee replacement only after 60

Fact: Not necessarily. If you are living with knee pain that is prohibiting you from carrying out daily activities and you still consider undergoing knee replacement only after 60, is not right thinking. The life of a knee replacement can last as long as 25 years or a lifetime. So you need not wait to turn 60 for a knee replacement.

Myth: Both knees should not be replaced at the same time

Fact: Both knees can be replaced at the same time if the patient’s health condition s good. In fact, many doctors prefer to do both the knee replacements simultaneously if they feel that patient can tolerate the procedure well.  It not only saves money, but recovery is one, rehabilitation is done at the same time, the patient gets back to work and thus saves a lot of financial burden on the patient which would happen otherwise.  

Myth: A knee replacement surgery leaves a large noticeable scar

Fact: With the minimally invasive procedure, there is minimal scarring after knee replacement. The typical scar is of 3 – 5 inches long which gradually fades away becoming less noticeable.

Myth: It takes months to recover after knee joint replacement

Fact: With modern techniques and technology available, recovery is quite fast. You would be advised to start taking few steps next day of the surgery itself. Most people return to routine activities within a few weeks. 

Myth: Rehab after knee replacement is hard and you cannot expect full range of motion after knee replacement

Fact: Contrarily, rehab after quad-sparing surgery is relatively easy and less painful as quads tendon is intact. The new knee is also relatively stronger than the condition of the knee when the patient was healthy. 

Myth: Post knee replacement you will have to give up sports activities

Fact: Initially begun at a slower pace, it may take you up to 4-6 weeks to carry out activities like walking, hiking, and biking. This is done to see how much does a knee can tolerate. Also, it depends upon the condition of the knee joint as and when to begin the sports activities. You should consult your doctor at the time of surgery about your resuming sports activities. 

Knee Replacement in India 

Knee replacement in India is a great proposition for people living in countries where either the knee replacement is very expensive and they can't afford it; or in the countries where infrastructure and technology are not advanced enough.

There are various advantages of undergoing the surgery in India:

1. The cost of knee replacement in India is much affordable as compared to Western countries. While a single knee replacement in India costs as low as US$ 4900, in Uthe United States it can cost anywhere between US$ 20,000 to $25,000.

2. The best orthopedic hospitals in India are well equipped with the latest technology and most of them are accredited with international certifications.

3. Not only Indian surgeons are well qualified, they are trained at best medical schools in the world and are more experienced to perform the procedure than their Western counterparts. 

4. English is widely spoken in India, so language is never a problem.

Read this article for more reasons on Why India is a great medical tourism destination. 

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