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Top 10 Myths vs Facts about Total Knee Replacement

Top 10 Myths vs Facts about Total Knee Replacement

Myth 1.

“I should postpone knee replacement surgery for as long as possible.”

-      Fact:

Incorrect! It is not necessary to postpone surgery until the discomfort becomes unbearable. However, because joint replacements last longer, patients can consider surgery at a younger age (if required). Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that causes joint surface deterioration and changes in the shape of bones around the knees. Waiting and delaying surgery is technically more difficult for the surgeon, and it causes patients' health to worsen over time, increasing the probability of surgery-related problems.

Myth 2:

”I should stay on my meds as long as possible to prevent knee replacement surgery.”

-      Fact:

Medicines, especially pain relievers, only provide symptomatic relief for a limited time, and long-term use is associated with major adverse effects such as renal failure, peptic ulcers, and so on. People with severe arthritis require surgery and cannot be cured with medications. Several rheumatoid arthritis sufferers require knee replacement at an early age. Because of technological obstacles, repairing a severely injured knee may diminish the longevity of the restored joint.

Myth 3.

Alternative therapies such as ozone treatment, magnetic therapy, acupressure, laser therapy, oils, massage beds, and braces will alleviate my severe arthritis and knee discomfort.

-      Fact:

There is currently no scientifically confirmed permanent nonsurgical solution for severe knee arthritis, and alternative therapies are not supported by solid scientific data. All of these treatments may provide temporary relief in early to moderate arthritis for a short period of time, but they are not curative. Many people end up trying these therapy because they are afraid of the uncertainty of surgery. As a result, attempting these techniques will undoubtedly delay the surgery, but will not prevent it.

 

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Myth 4:

"The surgery is not suitable for me concerning my age"

-      Fact:

Age is not an impediment to surgery. Elderly patients who are clinically fit can also undergo knee replacement surgery on a regular basis. Even the patients aged 87 years have had knee replacement surgery and are happily enjoying their life after the procedure.

Myth 5:

Knee replacement surgery is excruciatingly painful. There is a lot of discomfort in the post-operative time.

-      Fact:

Modern pain treatment, such as a multimodal approach, guarantees that the patient is not in discomfort during surgery or afterward and has a seamless recovery.

Myth 6:

I'll have to give up various activities and sports after my knee replacement.

-      Fact:

You should be able to resume activities such as brisk walking or cycling in 6 to 12 weeks, although it is best to avoid contact sports. Squatting and sitting cross-legged are possible, but should be maintained to a minimum to ensure the implant's longevity.

 

Vaishvi Hospital is home to the top orthopedic surgeons in Vadodara.

Myth 7:

I can’t drive post knee replacement.

-      Fact:

This is, once again, a pure myth. Driving is much easier to do after a knee replacement. Most patients are able to drive within 6-8 weeks of their operation.

Myth 8:

It takes several months time to recover completely from a knee replacement surgery.

-      Fact:

Patients become toilet-independent within 24 to 48 hours of operation. At this point, weight bearing is tolerated, and knee bending is authorised. Patients can participate in outdoor social activities after around 3 weeks. Ladies can enter the kitchen and begin cooking as soon as four weeks after surgery. The majority of patients are able to return to work within 6 weeks.

Myth 9:

Knee replacement surgery can only be performed on one knee at a time.

-      Fact:

If the patient has no substantial co-morbidities and is deemed fit for surgery, both knees can be replaced in the same sitting. In fact, the vast majority of our patients have both knees replaced at the same time.

Vaishvi Hospital is one of the best joint replacement hospitals in Gujarat, India.

Myth 10:

The new knee is only good for 10 years.

-      Fact:

With modern precision, such as computer-assisted knee replacement and advances in biomaterials, survivability has grown significantly. Joint replacements today last 20- 25 years or more, and for many people, they will last a lifetime.