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Knee Replacement Surgery is provided to individuals experiencing severe knee damage, unbearable pain, and limited mobility. Initially, medical management is attempted, but if its benefits are insufficient, the patient is offered Knee Replacement as a solution.

Total Joint Replacement Surgery is a planned procedure and can be scheduled at the patient’s discretion. It is not an urgent surgery. Based on the patient’s condition, the doctor recommends Knee Replacement Surgery, but the final decision on when to undergo the procedure rests with the patient. If the patient has diabetes or high blood pressure, a general physician is involved in managing these conditions before scheduling the surgery.

Who is Eligible for Knee Replacement Surgery?

Typically, this intervention is recommended for patients aged 60 years or older who experience severe pain and significant loss of knee function due to arthritis, after other treatment options have been unsuccessful.

What Occurs During Knee Replacement Surgery?

During Knee Replacement Surgery, the damaged or diseased knee joint is replaced with artificial metal or plastic components. The procedure involves replacing the end of the thigh bone (femur) and the shin bone (tibia) with plastic inserts. The total duration of the surgery is approximately 2 hours, but the actual surgical procedure takes less than an hour. Afterward, the patient is monitored in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) for 24 hours.

How Long is the Hospital Stay at DMH, and What Happens During the Stay?

The typical hospital stay at Dr.Muthus Hospitals for Knee Replacement Surgery is around 3 days, including the operation day and three days in the ward.

What are the Post-Surgery Responsibilities?

It takes about one month for the patient to fully recover and undergo rehabilitation after the total Knee Replacement. The individual is expected to follow a regular exercise regimen as advised by the physiotherapist. The success of the surgery and the longevity of the implant depend on the proper utilization of the replaced knee joint.

After the surgery, patients are advised to use crutches, parallel bars, a walker, or a cane during the initial days for support while walking. With time, they can gradually put weight on their feet and experience significant improvement in flexibility and reduced pain within a month. However, it is crucial to frequently exercise the knee to reduce inflammation and strengthen the muscles.

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Types of Knee Replacement Surgery

Below are the knee surgery types that help patients restore mobility:

Indications for Knee Replacement Surgery

Intense agony and rigidity hindering the ability to ascend stairs, stroll, or simply rise from a seat.

Persistent knee discomfort disturbs sleep, affecting restfulness.

Inflamed knee

Malformation of the knee, like bowed knee and other abnormalities

Absence of discernible progress despite alternative remedies like medication, physiotherapy, and injections

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