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Knee replacement is a surgical treatment designed and performed by orthopedic surgeon to help the patients who are suffering from Osteorthritis and other bony abnormality on the knee which needs replacement of the natural knee. There are two kinds of knee replacement.
The good thing about having a new knee is that you are now able to get rid of the excruciating pain symptoms. Additionally, you no longer have to have steroid injections and pain medications just to relieve the pain temporarily.
However, always keep in mind that your knee isn’t returned back to how it has been when you were 20 years old. Your bones were cut and foreign material is attached. Although exercise and using this new knee is good for the recovery, there is always going to be accompanying bad results with overuse. Sports and other activities may be limited especially when it is demanding your knees too much.
Some patients complain of discomfort after knee replacement especially when exposed to extreme temperature or when there is sudden change of temperature.
After the successful surgery, you are expected to strictly follow what the doctor has told you. This is for you to improve faster and be able to return to your activities of daily living as early as possible. Your doctor would probably prescribe you the following:
You should be watchful for the following:
Make sure you have someone to assist you with wound cleaning and attending to your needs. After a few days, you may need to check with your doctor for follow up. You may need to have an x-ray to confirm the placement of the implant and how it is doing.
In the rehabilitation process, you are advised to undergo sessions of physical therapy. With this, your progress is monitored and you will be reaching postoperative milestones appropriately.