What is Knee Arthroplasty?
Arthroplasty or knee replacement surgery is a procedure offered to patients that are experiencing severe pain in the knee joint due to cartilage damage, as a result of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and post traumatic arthritis and other conditions causing cartilage damage. The surfaces of the knee joint which bear the weight are replaced to relieve the pain. If you are experiencing pain in the knee joint, including night pain then this surgery is extremely beneficial. Post operatively the patient can experience relief of their symptoms and an increased ability to perform activities of daily living, better sleep due to increased mobility and decreased pain.
Knee replacements can target part of the joint or the entire joint, depending on the severity of the arthritis; a total knee replacement is much more common as it has the benefit of lasting longer. In the pre-operation stage the patient is carefully examined in a pre-anesthetic clinic, a safe, comfortable environment where the patient is informed of what the procedure is going to involve. During the operation the patient is carefully sedated while a trained surgeon exposes the knee joint and performs the necessary steps to relieve the patient from the pain, aiming to return the knee to its full use post surgery.
Should I do it?
This procedure is definitely an option if you are experiencing high levels of pain in the joints of your knees. Simply getting up out of bed can be a strenuous and a painful experience to go through without the help of this surgery. Don’t continue day to day with painful knees; consult a specialist to find out what you can do to improve your everyday life.