Knee Replacement

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Knee Replacement
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Think Twice Before Choosing Knee Replacement

For someone whose knee is sore and creaky, the prospect of replacing it with a new, metal-and-plastic version of the joint can be beguiling. The surgery seems so easy and to promise so much: better mobility, less pain, an approximation, almost, of youth. But there is growing evidence that knee-replacement surgery may be too seductive — and that many people considering the procedure would be better served to first try other ways to improve their knees.

There’s no doubt that knee replacements are increasingly popular. More than 600,000 such surgeries were performed in 2012, compared with about 250,000 just 15 years ago. But some new studies…

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 Think Twice Before Choosing Knee Replacement

For someone whose knee is sore and creaky, the prospect of replacing it with a new, metal-and-plastic version of the joint can be beguiling. The surgery seems so easy and to promise so much: better mobility, less pain, an approximation, almost, of youth. But there is growing evidence that knee-replacement surgery may be too seductive — and that many people considering the procedure would be better served to first try other ways to improve their knees.

10 Muscle-Strengthening Exercises to Perform Before a Total Knee Replacement

Begin with 5 to 10 repetitions of each exercise twice a day the first week, then increase to 10 to 15 repetitions by week two, and finally move up to 15 to 20 repetitions by week three.

5 Tips to Avoid Knee-Replacement Surgery

Doctors are faced with an epidemic of younger patients with advanced knee arthritis. Here are five steps you can take to keep your knee joints healthy and avoid the knife.

Knee1.com

Read about conditions related to knee here. Knee injury itself is generally not the concern, but rather complications that can arise as a result of it. Learn how to spot these conditions, treat them, and prevent them from recurring.

BoneSmart

There are several different implant designs (see: total implants | partial implants) but each will offer renewed stability and movement. Overall, there are two main benefits to be gained from knee replacement surgery: (1) elimination of pain and (2) improved range of motion. Of all possible surgical interventions, total knee replacement offers the greatest quality of life improvement. The procedure has a high rate of success.

OrthoInfo

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.

Stryker

For the vast majority of patients, joint replacement can be successful in providing relief from pain and improved mobility for many years. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, knee replacement procedures have been found to result in significant restoration of function and reduction of pain in 90% to 95% of patients.

Attune

Have you been imagining what a knee replacement could do for you? Connect and learn from doctors and patients by watching our webinars.

Harvard Health

If you need a replacement, or think it’s time to seriously consider it, Harvard’s Total Knee Replacement guide is invaluable.

Mayo Clinic

Four to six weeks after knee replacement surgery, you generally can resume most normal daily activities such as shopping and light housekeeping. Driving is also possible at around four weeks if you can bend your knee far enough to sit in a car and you have enough muscle control to properly operate the brakes and accelerator. After you've recovered, you can enjoy a variety of low-impact activities, such as walking, swimming, golfing or biking.

MedicineNet

During a total knee replacement, the end of the femur bone is removed and replaced with a metal shell. The end of the lower leg bone (tibia) is also removed and replaced with a channeled plastic piece with a metal stem. Depending on the condition of the kneecap portion of the knee joint, a plastic "button" may also be added under the kneecap surface. The artificial components of a total knee replacement are referred to as the prosthesis.

MedlinePlus

The surgery can cause scarring, blood clots, and, rarely, infections. After a knee replacement, you will no longer be able to do certain activities, such as jogging and high-impact sports.

NHS

For most people, a replacement knee will last for at least 15 to 20 years, especially if the new knee is cared for properly and not put under too much strain.

Patient

Knee replacement surgery has improved dramatically over the period of a few decades because of improved techniques, improved materials and improved understanding of knee physiology and function. More successful and durable knee replacement has had a big impact on clinical practice.

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