Joint Replacement of Knee (Total 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 are sitting or lying down.
If nonsurgical treatments like medications and using walking supports are no longer helpful, you may want to consider total knee replacement surgery. Joint replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure to relieve pain, correct leg deformity, and help you resume normal activities.
Knee replacement surgery was first performed in 1968. Since then, improvements in surgical materials and techniques have greatly increased its effectiveness. Total knee replacements are one of the most successful procedures in all of medicine.
Patients with severe destruction of the knee joint associated with progressive pain and impaired function maybe candidates for total knee replacement.
Osteoarthritis is the most common reason for knee replacement operation.
Risks of total knee replacement surgery have been identified.
Physical therapy is an essential part of rehabilitation after total knee replacement.
Patients with artificial joints are recommended to take antibiotics before, during, and after any elective invasive procedures (including dental work).