Knee replacement surgery, also known as knee arthroplasty is a surgical treatment that involves replacing the damaged part of the knee with an artificial joint.
The main goal for this is to help relieve pain, improve mobility, and restore function to the knee.
Why would you need Knee Replacement Surgery?
- Osteoarthritis is the most common reason for knee replacement surgery.
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Knee deformities like bowing or knock-knees can put excessive stress on the knee joint thus accelerating the wear and tear of the joint surfaces
- Avascular necrosis
- Trauma or injury to knees
What to expect post-knee replacement surgery
- Pain especially the first few days or weeks post-surgery
- Swelling around the knee
- Reduced range of motion
- Bruising around the surgical area is common but it should subside over time.
- Muscle weakness
- Fluid drainage from the surgical site
Knee Replacement Surgery is more common in people who relate to the following:
- Osteoarthritis is the most common reason for knee replacements
- Age. Older individuals have a higher risk of developing knee issues like osteoarthritis and other degenerative diseases.
- Athletes especially those who engage in high-impact sports like jumping and running
- Those with post-traumatic injuries to the knee like fractures and ligament injuries.
If you have had or are going to have knee replacement surgery, contact us to book an appointment with one of our Physiotherapists today!