1. When is it the right time to opt for a knee replacement procedure?
There is no definite or particular formula to decide a right time for a knee replacement procedure but ideally if you are facing problems in climbing up stairs, getting up, walking or doing routine activities it may be optimum for you to see an orthopedic surgeon to discuss your options for a knee replacement. In general, when your knee pain is so worse that it starts interfering even with the basic things or activities that you want or need to do, it may be the right time for you to go for a knee replacement surgery.
2. How much pain will I experience after surgery?
You may experience some kind of pain after the knee replacement surgery but it should fade within 4 to 8 days. A nerve block or long acting anesthesia may be administered to decrease inflammation or stop pain during the post operation phase. The doctor may prescribe medication for pain management, which may be administered intravenously (IV) or taken orally. It is considered normal to experience discomfort in the beginning while walking or exercising, and your legs and feet may be swollen for a while after surgery.
3.How soon can I Start walking after surgery?
Most people are able to start walking the same or the next day after surgery. It is advisable to start walking with the support of a walker or crutches. A trained rehabilitation physiotherapist would help you in the recovery process by assisting you with the proper bending and straightening of your knee. The physiotherapist also involves you in strengthening and improving the functionality of the knee through specific exercises and movements.
4.What activities should I avoid after surgery?
Usually, high impact activities like jumping, running, high weight training and certain specific positions that could put stress on your new joint should be avoided. Continuous coordination with the orthopedic surgeon and physiotherapist is required to ensure proper rehabilitation.
5.What are the risks of knee replacement surgery?
Although the latest advanced technologies and medical care have made knee replacement relatively safe and effective, there are still some risks involved. It is important to discuss these risks with the orthopedic surgeon before surgery to ensure minimizing them. Common risks may include Infections, nerve injury, blood clots, dislocation, and limited range of motion.
Dr. Mohit Bansal and Dr. Gaurav Sharma, at Amcare Hospital, Zirakpur are amongst the best known knee, hip and joint replacement surgeons in Chandigarh tricity region.