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Considering Knee Replacement Surgery? Be Sure To Do Your Research Before Going Under the Knife
Before any surgery you need multiple opinions. By consulting multiple sources you will have a better chance of educating yourself on the latest advancements in medicine, surgery and alternative procedures.
Surgery could be a life changing experience, so it’s worth taking time, giving it great thought and getting complete understanding of all your options before allowing a surgeon to place an implant into your knee.
So aside from any private surgeon, you should also consult with an academic surgeon and a knee pain specialist. Academic surgeons work for a university and are paid a salary that is not based on the number of surgeries they perform. This allows them to be impartial to the surgery and focus on what’s best for you, the patient.
Knee pain specialists use the latest advancements in medical knowledge to eliminate your knee pain safely and naturally, so you can get back to living the life you deserve.
Recovery Time From Surgery
You need to be very clear how long it will take for your knee to get back to normal function, or if “normal” function can even be achieved.
If you’re older, or severely overweight, you may need to stay at a rehab center away from home so they can monitor you while they put you through rigorous daily stretches and workouts.
And once you’re home, and on your own, you have months of strengthening exercises, stretching and tenderness in your knee before you approach anything close to “normal” function.
If you’re used to a certain pace and lifestyle, surgery of this magnitude can cramp one’s lifestyle and throw off the regular rhythm of daily activities for weeks or months at a time – and that’s if there are no complications.
If surgery can be avoided and replaced with alternative approaches, precious time can be saved.
Surgical Complications and Side Effects
Here is a partial list of the potentially harmful side effects of knee replacement surgery according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:
Infection may occur in the wound or deep around the prosthesis. It may happen while in the hospital or after you go home – it may even occur years later.
Blood clots in the leg veins are one of the most common complications of knee replacement surgery. These clots can be life-threatening if they break free and travel to your lungs.
Implant problems can occur after your surgery. While it’s true that implant designs and materials, as well as surgical techniques, continue to advance, implant surfaces may wear down and the components may loosen.
Scarring of your knee after surgery can limit your range of motion to well below what you’re hoping for, particularly if you suffered from limited motion before surgery.
Another thing to consider is that, while rare, knee replacement surgeries can leave you in a state of continued pain. Further, injury to the nerves or blood vessels around the knee can occur during surgery. There are numerous lawsuits against medical device manufactures claiming the metal implants have caused damage.
Next month’s article will begin to discuss the safe and natural alternatives to knee replacement.