Total Knee Replacement
Total knee replacement (TKR) is an operation which involves replacement of the damaged bearing surfaces in the knee that are causing pain and decrease the normal motions and functions of the knee joint. TKR is a common procedure and the replacement should last around 15-20 years.
When a joint replacement is needed?
Joint replacement surgery is usually necessary when the knee joint is worn or damaged to the extent that your mobility is reduced and you experience pain even while resting. It occurs commonly in osteoarthritis. Other conditions include post-traumatic condition, avascular necrosis, rheumatoid arthritis and severe gouty arthritis.
What is joint replacement surgery?
Joint replacement surgery (arthroplasty) is an operation that involves replacing a damaged, worn or diseased joint with an artificial joint.
Which joint can be replaced?
The hip and knee joint replacement are the most common joints to be replaced with good long lasting result. Shoulder, elbow, wrist and ankle joint can be replaced but they are less common.
When I can walk after a joint replacement?
Most patients will stay in bed for the 1st day after the surgery. Physiotherapy for walking exercise will be start when the general condition of the patient is good. Most patients can walk with a frame 2 to 3 days after the surgery. Some patients can walk with a stick upon discharge at 5 to 6 days after the surgery.
You need to follow the instruction of the physiotherapist for mobilization and strengthening exercise after go back home. You cannot walk if the replaced joint is stiff and the muscle is weak. It may take 3 months to 6 months for satisfactory recovery. Full recovery can take up to two years as scar tissue heals and your muscles are restored by exercise.
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