Today, a patient with total knee replacement surgery is in the office and is seen for an ordinary medical problem.
I noticed that he had a typical knee replacement surgery scar on his left leg and asked him how much he liked the new knee.
He was glowing about his love for this once unbearable knee, which became the subject of the article.
In the United States, more than 600,000 knee replacements are performed each year.
This is a significant figure since the first knee replacement in 1968.
Prior to this, treatment was basically just a symptom, so it was generally not enough to restore function.
Most knee replacement surgery has been a great success, although it has not achieved the greatest results.
There are potential complications of general anesthesia, blood clots in the legs during and after surgery may enter the lungs, resulting in catastrophic results, and occurrence after surgery
Surgical infections that are difficult to solve in new joints.
The good news is that these complications rarely occur, as specific measures have been taken by the orthopaedic and anesthesia doctors to prevent them.
My patient had a typical history of knee joint, which disappointed him.
He has worked for more than thirty years.
Worked for five years in a job that asked him to step down on a hard concrete floor.
He did a lot of weight lifting with his knees because he was very small overall.
Men in their 40 s are a risk factor, and his family seems to have arthritis when they are relatively young.
Due to the increasing pain in his left knee, he was referred to an orthopedic doctor, which made him increasingly disabled.
Even in the ordinary x-
Ray, the orthopedic doctor noticed the classic bone. on-
He found bones on his knee and bone spurs.
Buffer cartilage should be in a place where there is no joint space.
In osteoarthritis, cartilage begins to become thinner, degraded, and worn out.
The bone spurs occur where the bones are rubbed.
When it happens on the knee there are a lot of problems with the weight of this person
Walk on your knees.
In certain resting positions it may even get hurt and wake the person up at night.
According to the degree of cartilage loss, bending the knee becomes an increasingly difficult task.
If the patient developed arthritis after a specific knee injury, the orthopaedic surgeon may have ordered an MRI scan to look for specific cartilage damage areas that may be treated with other surgery.
However, due to the diffuse deficiency of cartilage, it is obvious that the patient needs total knee replacement.
One thing the patient did for him was his weight.
40 pounds and
Knee replacement did not work well when the patient weighed more than two lbs. hundred pounds.
As a result, our patients were scheduled for surgery and entered the hospital for the last pre-
After removal, he was taken to the operating room for general anesthesia.
He made a cut on his bent knee and the joints were exposed.
His femoral ends were scraped off and turned into good bones and a shiny new metal plate was attached.
The upper shin is then removed and formed in a similar manner and a metal plate is attached with a hard plastic gasket on it as cartilage.
His knee cap was shaved on the back and painted with a shiny metal knee cap surface.
When he woke up, he said he had a morphine pump through which he could give himself a small amount of painkillers.
He said he gave himself a shot of morphine, stood up with help and left.
There is no doubt that this requires a lot of initiative, but he says it is much less than he expected.
He started physical therapy in the hospital and continued to do it for a few weeks after he was discharged from the hospital.
The result now is that he says his knee never hurts.
Sometimes he even forgets which knee he did a knee replacement or which one.
He was very satisfied with the results of the operation.
So, if you are plagued by knees that limit your normal activity every day, please talk to your doctor about knee replacement.
He can have a complete medical history and physical examination to determine if you are able to endure the surgery and discuss the findings with an orthopedic surgeon.
You may want to postpone surgery until your weight drops to a more desirable number.
Determined that this procedure will not be resolved soon, but it will take endurance and determination to successfully complete the post-work for a few weeks
Work with your family or social worker to arrange the physical assistance you need during your recovery.
Most importantly, continue to imagine that for a while you will get rid of knee pain, which has such a negative impact on your current life.