Orthopedic surgery can perform knee replacement, a procedure to cut away damaged bone and cartilage from your thighbone, shinbone and kneecap and replace it with an artificial joint (prosthesis).
Knee replacement can be performed under certain circumstances. Generally, patients who suffer from ostearthrosis who also show the following:
- Daily pain.
- Pain interferes with job, recreational activities and daily chores.
- Considerable stiffness.
- Considerable deformity.
Orthopedic surgery to replace the knee seeks to alleviate pain. An artificial knee is not a normal knee, but it can make all the difference between a limiting lifestyle and a fully enjoyable life without movement restrictions.
Procedure – The prosthesis used in this orthopedic surgery is made up of several parts:
- A metallic part adjusted to the femur.
- A smaller metallic part adjusted to the tibia where a high-density polyethylene spacer will be placed to function as the new joint’s cartridge.
- A circular polyethylene part to replace the the undersurface of the kneecap.
Knee replacement takes around twi hours, and is usually performed under spinal anesthesia. The idea of undergoing this type of surgery can be scary, but it is on the safest orthopedic procedures nowadays.
Hospitalization – Orthopedic surgery to replace the knee requires that you stay in the hospital for three days.
Time – Knee replacement takes around two hours.
Total cost will vary according to individual needs.
Orthopedists and traumatologists